HOULTON, Maine — A local man was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated assault after an incident involving a teenager with whom he allegedly was engaged in a relationship.
The 15-year-old victim, also a Houlton resident, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and sought treatment at a local hospital.
Police Chief Butch Asselin said Monday that the incident occurred just before 1 a.m. Sunday. Police were called after receiving a report of a woman screaming near the post office on Court Street.
They found the girl bleeding from her nose and mouth.
Police searched the area and came upon Mathew C. Hathaway, 23, of 82 Main St., who was a short distance away by the Salvation Army building.
Asselin said Hathaway was holding a purse he said belonged to the victim.
When Officer Kris Calaman examined the contents, he found two used hypodermic needles, cigarettes, a cell phone and a small quantity of marijuana.
Asselin said Hathaway and the victim have been involved in a relationship.
Hathaway told police he believed the victim had taken money belonging to him, prompting a fight.
Asselin said the girl’s injuries were inflicted with fists and feet. An imprint of Hathaway’s sneaker was found on the victim’s lip. Hathaway’s sneakers were seized as evidence.
Alcohol was involved, according to police.
Hathaway, who has a criminal history, was arrested and charged with violating conditions of release, felony aggravated assault, robbery, sexual abuse of a minor and possession of marijuana.
He was taken to the Aroostook County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court in January.
Calaman was assisted at the scene by Officer Anita Levesque.
The victim was treated at Houlton Regional Hospital. The investigation is ongoing.