A city man was arrested last week for allegedly beating his disabled wife.

A city man was arrested last week for allegedly beating his disabled wife.
Robert Bukin, 39, of 96 Wyoming St. was charged in the matter after police were dispatched to his residence by Lackawanna County Communications Center for a reported domestic at 8:13 p.m. on Dec. 29.
When Sgt. Jeffrey Arthur and Officer Jeffrey Martin arrived on the scene, Barbara Ann Comuniello allowed them to enter the residence on their own since she couldn’t open the door for them, due to the fact she suffers from multiple sclerosis.
Comuniello told them that Bukin, her common law husband, had assaulted her and threatened to kill her as well as their six-year-old son and family if she called the police or tried to leave him.
She said the incident occurred two days earlier on Dec. 27 while Bukin, her legal caregiver, was moving her to her wheelchair in the upstairs part of the residence.
Comuniello stated that he grabbed her by the head and slammed her head into the pipe on the wheelchair, leaving a lump on the back of her head.  She told him that she was going to call the police and, according to the affidavit, that’s when Bukin threatened to kill her, their son and her entire family.
Then, on Dec. 28, she said Bukin choked her with a lanyard and pulled it so tight she thought she was going to pass out.
While Sgt. Arthur was interviewing Comuniello about these attacks at her residence, Bukin repeatedly called on the house phone.  Arthur answered three of these calls himself and Bukin demanded to speak to his wife, but Arthur told him he wouldn’t allow that because he believed Bukin would try to intimidate her.
Bukin asked if he could be put on speaker phone and, after checking with Comuniello first, Arthur agreed.
According to the affidavit, Bukin told his wife via speaker phone, “You know I didn’t mean to hit your head off the chair.  You know I was angry and that’s how I get.  If I hurt you, I’m sorry.”
Comuniello said he choked her too, and he replied, “I didn’t mean to, I’m sorry.  I thought we worked this all out.”
When they hung up, Arthur asked Comuniello why she didn’t call the police sooner.  She stated that she was afraid her husband would hurt her if she did so.
Bukin entered the residence about 15 minutes later and told Arthur that, as Comuniello’s caregiver, he’s “not supposed to take her [verbal] abuse, I’m not supposed to put up with it.”
Arthur asked him if he’s supposed to bang her head off a pipe and Bukin responses that he didn’t mean to do it, that he “just shoved her head back.”
Arthur asked him if he made the death threats and Bukin replied, “I don’t remember doing it, I’m bi-polar.”
Arthur asked him if he choked her with a lanyard and Bukin said, “I don’t recall, I black out a lot.”
Bukin was taken into custody and told to empty his pockets, at which point he pulled out a set of keys on a lanyard.  Arthur asked him if that was the lanyard he used to choke his wife with and he told him, “No, I have two of them.”  So Arthur asked him how he knew it wasn’t the same lanyard if he didn’t remember choking her, but Bukin wouldn’t answer that question.
Bukin was arrested on charges of making terroristic threats and two counts each of simple assault and harassment.
Sgt. Arthur filed the affidavit.