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Nov 18, 2015 1:59 PM

Monarchs player arrested on stalking, assault charges against Manchester woman

MANCHESTER – A Monarchs player is accused of choking and punching his girlfriend on Monday.

Manchester police arrested Patrik Bartosak, 22, on multiple domestic violence charges after he allegedly put his hands around his girlfriend’s neck.

Bartosak showed up at the woman’s west side apartment and the woman set they got into an argument, police said.

The victim told police Bartosak also assaulted her by punching her over the course of several hours.

The victim reported the incident at 6:30 p.m. Monday when she was at work because she said he had been text messaging her throughout the day.

She contacted the police when Bartosak arrived at her work and sat outside in his vehicle as she spoke with officers.

He was arrested and charged with five counts of second-degree assault, two counts of simple assault, criminal threatening and stalking.

The Los Angeles Kings suspended the goaltender's contract on Tuesday.

"This morning our Club suspended Patrik Bartosak for his actions resulting in his arrest," the club said in a statement. "We take this matter very seriously. ... This is the first step in an ongoing process as we continue to gather information related to this incident and monitor the legal proceedings.”

Bartosak played for the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs for two seasons. He moved with the Kings farm team, now called the Ontario Reign, to California. He was re-assigned Friday to the East Coast Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs.

Bartosak waived arraignment Tuesday in circuit court in Manchester. He's scheduled for a hearing on the assault charge on Dec. 16 and faces trial on the 11 misdemeanors in January, including simple assault, criminal threatening and stalking. He's free on $10,000 bond.

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