May 21, 2018
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Ludlow man faces charges after stabbing in Houlton

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — A Ludlow man was arrested Monday night on multiple charges, including three felonies, after he allegedly stabbed and cut a Houlton man at the home of the alleged assailant’s former girlfriend.

Jeffrey Webb, 31, was arrested without incident at his home in Ludlow, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Police Chief Butch Asselin.

Webb remained at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton on Tuesday, pending a court appearance scheduled for today.

According to police, Webb has been charged with elevated aggravated assault, a Class A felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. He also has been charged with aggravated criminal mischief and aggravated criminal trespass, both of which are Class C felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. A final charge of driving to endanger is a misdemeanor.

The incident that led to Webb’s arrest began at 9:52 p.m. Monday, when police received a report of a fight at 74 High St. When officers arrived, they were told that Webb had forced his way into the home of his former girlfriend, Brandi Guy, 32, and began assaulting Jason Rochford, 34, of Houlton.

Rochford proceeded to defend himself and left the home for his vehicle, which was parked outside. When Rochford attempted to leave, Webb allegedly rammed the rear of Rochford’s vehicle, pushing it farther into the driveway.

Webb left his vehicle and sliced the rear tire of Rochford’s truck with a utility knife. Rochford left his vehicle, whereupon another altercation ensued, according to police.

It was at that point that Webb allegedly sliced Rochford in the abdomen with the utility knife. Rochford suffered a cut several inches long along the left side of his abdomen. Approximately 3 inches of the laceration were deep enough to expose muscle tissue under the skin.

Police found a bleeding Rochford when they arrived. He was taken by ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital. He was treated, then released.

Webb was arrested at his home later that night.

Police recovered clothing from Webb and his alleged victim. The utility knife has not been recovered.

Responding to the call were Officer Kristen Calaman and Sgt. Eric Crouse of the Houlton Police Department, Deputy Vance Palmer of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, Officer James Bledsoe of the Maliseet Police Department and Agent James Skehan of Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.


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