Watertown police charged Joel R. Gillespie, 31, of 675 Bronson St., Apt. 1, with second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief about 4:15 p.m. Friday at his residence.
He is accused of smashing a candle belonging to Diane A. Graves, same address, with a baseball bat, police said. He also is accused of striking Ms. Graves in the face, pushing her onto a couch and holding her down, police said.
He was held Saturday at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building pending arraignment in Watertown City Court.