A Vineyard Haven man is being held without bail after being arraigned last week on 23 charges, including assault to murder and rape.

Darren Dockery, 25, was arraigned March 16 in Edgartown district court on charges of assault to murder, rape, four counts of strangulation or suffocation, eight counts of violating an abuse prevention order, seven counts of intimidating a witness/juror/police/court official, aggravated assault and battery, and assault on a family/household member.

According to a statement of facts filed in court, Mr. Dockery allegedly assaulted the victim, whom he knows, at his residence in Vineyard Haven on March 14. The statement said the alleged assault included putting his hands around the alleged victim’s neck multiple times and trying to prevent her from leaving his residence and reporting the incident to police. Police said the victim later disclosed an earlier sexual assault that took place on Feb. 1.

Police also said that Mr. Dockery allegedly directed his brother to contact the alleged victim on March 15, which violated a no-contact order.

Mr. Dockery was held after arraignment pending a dangerousness hearing. The hearing was held March 19, and according to court documents, Judge H. Gregory Williams found “clear and convincing evidence that no conditions of release will assure the safety of the alleged victim.”

Mr. Dockery is now being held without bail. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for April 2.

Editor’s Note: Mr. Dockery pleaded guilty in June 2015 to strangulation or suffocation, violating an abuse prevention order, assault and battery on a family/household member, and intimidating a witness/juror/police/court official. Sixteen other charges, including assault to murder and assault and battery, were dismissed upon request of the commonwealth. He also admitted to sufficient facts on charges of indecent assault and battery, amended from a charge of rape, continued without a finding for one year and ordered to stay away from/not to contact the victim. In October 2018, a motion to end his probation early was allowed in the district court.