Man denies alleged strangulation, stomping of pregnant girlfriend
A man is in jail and facing felony charges for allegedly strangling and stomping on his pregnant girlfriend in an unprovoked attack last week.
Jacob Paul Vincelette, 28, appeared in district court last Thursday and pleaded not guilty to charges of felony strangulation of partner or family member, felony assault with a weapon and one misdemeanor count of criminal destruction or tampering with a communication device.
Specifically, Vincelette is accused of choking his pregnant girlfriend hard enough to impede her breathing and leave finger marks on her neck, as well as allegedly punching her in the ribs three times and stomping on her head after pushing her to the ground, according to court documents. He also allegedly broke the woman’s cell phone during the assault.
The victim told investigators that Vincelette told her he hoped she would miscarry the baby.
As of Wednesday, Vincelette remained in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000.
According to court documents, on March 27 at 8:28 a.m., employees of the Rocking J convenience store near Absarokee called 911 to report watching a woman get out of a moving vehicle and come into the store asking them to call police because her boyfriend had just beat her up.
While waiting for Stillwater County Sheriff’s deputies to arrive, Vincelette called the store asking to talk to the victim, which employees did not permit. At one point, Vincelette came into the store and instructed the victim to leave with him, but she refused. After deputies arrived on scene, Vincelette called the store again, at which time the phone was given to a deputy.
Vincelette returned to the store and denied doing anything to the victim.
“Several times the Defendant asked if the victim had miscarried. He also made multiple statements to the deputies in extremely vulgar language, accusing the victim of infidelity with multiple men the night before,” according to court documents.
The victim was taken to the Stillwater Billings Clinic by ambulance and told investigators that Vincelette had awoken her and began a physical assault, grabbing her by the throat and pinning her against the wall, as well as knocking her to the ground several times, punching her in the ribs and stomping on her forehead, according to court documents.
She fled the house and was chased by Vincelette in a car, and eventually got in the car with him, at which point he resumed the assault. When the couple arrived at the Rocking J store, she jumped out the car, according to court documents.