LOWELL -- A Lowell man was ordered held on $7,500 cash bail after pleading not guilty on Thursday in Lowell District Court to assault with a dangerous weapon in a July 11 incident.
Jonathan Nova, 32, of 22 Corson St., Unit 2, was also ordered by Judge Stacey Fortes to stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim.
Prosecutors said Nova has a 2010 superior court conviction to armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon (three counts), carrying a firearm without a license, carrying ammunition without a firearms identification card, and assault and battery.
Nova was sentenced in January 2010 to two to three years in prison and three years probation after he served his sentence. He is on probation until September 2015.
Lowell police allege in court documents they responded at nearly 11 p.m. on July 11 for a report of a past assault. A man told police he was in his yard lighting off fireworks when a neighbor he knew as "Beantown" parked across the street and yelled at him to stop.
When the man continued to set off the fireworks, police allege Nova got out of his car carrying an aluminum bat, walked up to the man, swung the bat at him, missing the man but causing him to fall down and cut his arm on some concrete. All this allegedly happened in front of the man's 11-year-old daughter.
The suspect then fled.
Five days later, Lowell police issued a warrant for Nova's arrest. Police arrested Nova on Wednesday when he was spotted in front of a Chestnut Street home.
When police stopped him, they noticed Nova was carrying an aluminum bat. He was arrested on the warrant.
Nova's next court date is a pretrial conference on Sept. 15 for a pretrial conference.