May 25, 2018
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Stabbing suspect released on bail

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — A Ludlow man accused of cutting a Houlton man at his former girlfriend’s home was released on bail Wednesday after a court hearing at Aroostook County Jail.

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

He was released on personal recognizance bail Wednesday with the condition that he be monitored by staff from Maine Pretrial Services, a private, nonprofit agency with an office in Houlton. Its mission is to provide an alternative to bail, with stringent contract conditions and monitoring.

According to police, Webb was 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 was 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. He also was charged with driving to endanger, a misdemeanor.

The incident that led to Webb’s arrest occurred about 10 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 truck, which was parked outside. When Rochford tried to leave, Webb allegedly rammed the rear of Rochford’s truck, 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 truck and another altercation occurred, police said.

Police said Webb then allegedly sliced Rochford in the abdomen with the knife. Rochford suffered a cut several inches long along the left side of his abdomen.

Rochford was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital, was treated and released.

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