Two men arrested after break-in

Posted March 02, 2010, at 8:30 p.m.

SWANVILLE, Maine — Two men were arrested early Monday morning after a break-in at the apartment of an ex-girlfriend of one of the men.

Dalton Hines, 18, of Swanville and Adam L. Skinner, 21, of Belfast were being held Tuesday at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset with bail set at $5,000 cash each.

At about 11:40 p.m. Sunday, a woman living above Swan Lake Grocery called police and told them that Hines, a former boyfriend, was at her home assaulting a friend of hers, according to Chief Deputy Robert Keating of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department.

When Deputy Dan Thompson and Deputy Jim Greeley arrived, they saw that although Hines and Skinner already had left, the apartment door had been broken in, with two full panes of glass shattered. Inside, the apartment was chaotic, with furniture turned upside down, Keating said.

The tenant told police that when Hines and Skinner came to the apartment, her current boyfriend went to the door to see what they wanted. She told police that when he opened the door, he was punched in the face. At that point, the people inside shut the door to keep Hines and Skinner out, Keating said.

The door reportedly was kicked in after the tenants had closed it, and some of the broken glass cut another woman inside, Keating read from the report.

Both men entered the apartment, and Hines allegedly threatened his ex-girlfriend, telling her he would kill her, according to Keating. She told police he choked her and that when she went for the phone, Hines grabbed it and smashed it into a wall while calling her names.

After that, Hines and Skinner allegedly fled the apartment. Police found their car abandoned later that night in Searsport.

While police were searching for the two men, the victim’s mother apparently received an apologetic text message from Hines, saying he was sorry for what happened.

Upon learning that, officers tried calling Hines, who answered his phone.

“He said he was in the process of turning himself in and then hung up,” Keating said.

Hines did agree to meet police on U.S. Route 1 and brought Skinner along.

“Hines admitted to Deputy Greeley that he was having a bad night,” Keating said.

Hines was charged with robbery, burglary, aggravated criminal trespass, domestic assault, domestic terrorizing and theft. He also was issued a summons for evasion of registration fees and excise taxes in the amount of $911.

Skinner was charged with burglary, aggravated criminal trespass, reckless conduct, assault and operating after suspension.

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