Man accused of holding woman at knifepoint

By George Chappell,
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 12:07 a.m.

UNION, Maine — A local man remained jailed Wednesday after being arrested on charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly held an ex-girlfriend at knifepoint in his Happy Hollow Road home and threatened her for about six hours.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Department said Charles J. LaBranche, 39, was arrested at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Waldoboro and booked at the Knox County Jail in Rockland.

The woman visited LaBranche at his home Monday, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. When the woman tried to leave, LaBranche allegedly threatened her with a 10-inch survival-type knife and told her he would kill her if she tried to leave.

The Sheriff’s Department said LaBranche held the woman inside the home until 11:30 p.m., when she was able to convince him to let her go outside to smoke. She then fled to her own home, according to the news release.

LaBranche has been charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, criminal restraint and terrorizing.

The name of the complainant was not released. No one was injured, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

LaBranche remained in jail Wednesday evening.

Detective Dwight Burtis, Deputies John Palmer and Paul Pinkham and Sgt. Reggie Walker investigated.

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