The man who was arrested after he fled police when they tried to serve him a warrant had violently beat two women before the manhunt in Sharon last month.
New York State Police said they were investigating 28-year-old Raymond Sprague, of Sharon, Connecticut, on Sept. 3 because of a domestic dispute in the town of Northeast and obtained a warrant charging him with third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and second-degree criminal trespass.
On Sept. 28 around 8 p.m., Connecticut State Police received a report of a disturbance in Sharon. They identified Sprague as the suspect and obtained a warrant for him on assault-related charges, according to police. He was later arrested after leading police on a day-long manhunt.
According to witnesses, Sprague had become violent with two women prior to the manhunt and even encouraged his dog to attack one of the women.
The victims say they were having dinner together at one of their homes in Millerton, New York, with a mutual friend. One of the women had recently dated Sprague but their relationship ended a week before the incident. One witness said Sprague kept calling and threatening the ex-girlfriend, according to the arrest warrant.
The mutual friend had left his car at Sprague's place in Sharon, Connecticut, so they went to go pick it up. While the two women waited in the car, Sprauge came out of the house and began punching his ex-girlfriend in the face several times, the warrant said.
Sprague began punching the second woman when she tried to get him to stop attacking his ex-girlfriend. When Sprague went back to punching the ex-girlfriend, the other woman was attacked by the man's dog and dragged about 7 feet, the documents said.
The witness said she thought she was going to die and that she heard Sprauge say "Get her, get her."
After the attack, Sprague got in his pickup truck and left, the victims told police.
Sprague was charged with second-degree assault, third-degree assault, two counts of threatening and disorderly conduct.