FARMINGTON — A local man accused of beating a man with a flashlight last Saturday was arrested on new charges after police did a bail check on him Thursday at his apartment, police Chief Jack Peck said.

Officer William Tanner and Sgt. Michael Adcock went to Justin Crowley-Smilek’s 125 Court St. home at about 5:45 p.m. to check on him and discovered a large machete and 61 mature marijuana plants about 3 feet tall, Peck said. He estimated the street value of the plants at between $500 to $1,000 each.

Crowley-Smilek was arrested on charges of violating condition of release and cultivating marijuana, Peck said.

His bail was set Friday at $2,500 cash on the violating condition of release charge, a corrections officer said.

A judge ordered Crowley-Smilek to be held without bail on an aggravated assault charge in connection with the Jan. 8 incident, he said.

Crowley-Smilek was arrested last Saturday after police were called to the parking lot of the Front Street Tavern in Farmington for a man who had been assaulted.

Police say a man who was sleeping in his car suffered serious injuries when he was beaten on the head and face with an aluminum flashlight for refusing to give two men a ride.

Crowley-Smilek was initially arrested on a charge of elevated aggravated assault, but it was lowered to aggravated assault during a court appearance Monday. His bail was also lowered from $10,000 cash to $1,500 and a pre-trial service agreement.

[email protected]

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

filed under: