PARIS — A Hartford man has been charged with felony assault after police said he choked and beat a woman after she asked him to change the toilet paper. 

Gary N. Gross, 66, made an initial court appearance in Oxford County Superior Court Monday morning after being arrested over the weekend on charges of aggravated assault, domestic violence assault and violating conditions of release. He was not required to enter a plea.   

Red marks consistent with choking were visible on the woman’s neck when police responded to a Hartford residence on Feb. 28, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Brown wrote in the arrest affidavit. 

Brown said the woman told him a fight started because Gross had not put the toilet paper back in the bathroom. When requested to replace the toilet paper, Gross allegedly became enraged and threw the victim to the floor, stating he was going to kill her and then proceeded to choke her. 

After getting up from the floor, the woman told police she swore at Gross, who choked her a second time. After being released, she dialed 911 and hung up without speaking to operators, according to a witness statement. 

A young man is reported to have witnessed the incident, according to the affidavit. 

According to court documents, Gross was subject to an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office that in return for dropping a charge of domestic violence from 2012, he would not, among other stipulations, commit criminal conduct. 

Cash bail was set at $2,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 5. 

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