Lubec man charged in domestic assault

Posted Jan. 08, 2010, at 1:37 p.m.

LUBEC, Maine — A local man was arrested late Thursday after a domestic assault incident at his South Lubec Road home.

Scott Ramsdell, 40, fled his home when police arrived around 8 p.m. and several tracking dogs were used to locate him, according to Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith.

Smith said Ramsdell’s victim did not require medical assistance

Smith and Deputy Travis Willey were the first officers to respond to the assault. The victim informed them that Ramsdell had fled through nearby woods toward the ocean.

Smith and his dog Ginger tracked Ramsdell until it became clear that Ramsdell had circled back toward his home. At that point, Smith said, Warden Wade Carter and his dog picked up the track.

They tracked Ramsdell to several vehicles and at least one front door.

Eventually Ramsdell began calling his own residence, and Smith was able to talk him into surrendering.

Ramsdell was located in a driveway at the home of a family friend about four hours after the search began. Smith said the man had been in the home of the friend for a while but the friend had no idea police were searching for him.

“The temperature was in the 20s,” the sheriff said. “He was wet and cold.”

Ramsdell was arrested and charged with domestic assault. He is being held at the Washington County Jail on a probation hold. Smith said Ramsdell had recently served time in prison for burglary and was on probation for that crime.

Smith said four deputies, one warden and several troopers assisted in the search and arrest. He gave special credit to Regional Communications’ Center dispatchers Dennis Perry and Adam Davis who coordinated the search by radio.

“They did a superb job,” Smith said.

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