LOCKPORT – A citizen of the Dominican Republic, living in the United States on a green card, was arraigned Monday in Niagara County Court on charges of choking his wife and holding her against her will at knifepoint April 21 in their home.
Benito Lendof-Gonzalez, 33, of Elmhurst Drive, Town of Lockport, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with strangulation, kidnapping, criminal contempt and unlawful imprisonment, all in the second degree.
Assistant District Attorney Heather A. Sloma said, “There were threats of murder-suicide during the attempt. He held a knife to her throat. He held her captive twice that day.”
Judge Sara Sheldon set bail at $100,000 for Lendof-Gonzalez, who had never been arrested before, according to Assistant Public Defender Matthew P. Pynn.