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A Cheshire resident entered a plea of "not guilty" at Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday, after being charged with kidnapping and sexual assault.
Mark Altieri, 42, was arrested on Jan. 28 after he allegedly held two local women — one 42 years old, the other 18 — against their will at knife point in a home in Cheshire. Altieri is accused of taking one of the women into one room and sexually assaulting her, while the other was kept in an adjacent room. Police have stated that the crime is not considered a home invasion as Aliteri evidently knew one of the victims, however the relationship between the two women and Aliteri has not been divulged, nor has which woman was sexually assaulted.
Altieri was quickly identified as the prime suspect and a search began for him, which ultimately led to his capture while hiding in the basement of a home in Seymour.
Altieri was originally held on a $500,000 bond, but that was raised to $1 million a few days later.
Altieri made no statement during the court proceedings, instead allowing his public defense attorney to offer the "not guilty" plea for him.
He is next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 24.
The Cheshire Herald will continue to follow this story and post updates when information becomes available.