May 26, 2018
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Ex-Bangor man jailed in Colo.

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

A former Bangor resident is facing multiple felony charges in connection with an assault on a Colorado couple in their home.

James Lee, 31, has been charged with the felony crimes of assault on an at-risk victim, theft and burglary in connection with the Aug. 30 incident in Craig, Colo., according to published reports.

As of Tuesday, Lee remained behind bars at Moffat County Jail, where he was being held on $50,000 bail, a Moffat County assistant district attorney confirmed. Lee is being represented by a public defender.

Though a court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday, the appearance was continued until later this month, the prosecutor said Tuesday.

Police said the charges stem from an assault at the home of a couple about 2 a.m. on Aug. 30.

News reports about the incident indicated that the wife, who is 65, called police to report that a man the couple did not know was assaulting her 70-year-old husband.

The woman reported that she heard Lee ringing her doorbell after she got up to get a drink, according to a report published in the Craig Daily Press. When she opened a front window to ask Lee what he wanted, he allegedly swore at her, said she was in his house and demanded that she let him inside.

While the woman called the police, her husband came to the front window to see what was happening, according to published reports.

The woman told police that Lee punched her husband in the face through the window screen, then tore the rest of the screen out of the window and began to beat her husband on the face and body as the intruder tried to pull him outside.

The woman said she then went to the bedroom to get a walking stick to defend her husband, but Lee took the stick away from her and used it to continue beating her husband.

When police officers arrived, Lee allegedly told them that a real estate agent had invited him to the home for a party. Police said that he pointed to a for-sale sign outside the house with the real estate agent’s photograph on it.

According to Lee’s Facebook and MySpace pages, Lee is a 1996 Bangor High School graduate who was in Colorado for work.

At the time of the incident, Lee said he was employed by Ranger Plant Construction Co. of Abilene, Texas. He listed his occupation as “super pipeliner.” He also indicated he was a real estate agent.

In a posting dated July 20, Lee announced he was headed to Colorado.


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