May 20, 2018
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Baileyville man arrested for assaulting woman

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

BAILEYVILLE, Maine — A local man was arrested Friday afternoon after he allegedly assaulted a woman twice in the same day and then fled when police were called.

Richard Hatt Jr., 53, went to a home in Baileyville, argued with the victim and then assaulted her, according to Police Chief Phil Harriman.

The woman left the home but when she returned, Hatt was still there and assaulted her a second time, Harriman said.

During the assault, the woman attempted to call 911 but during the conversation, Hatt broke the phone, the chief said. Dispatchers at the Washington County Regional Communications Center were unable to get much information except for the woman’s location and were unable to reconnect with her. It was clear from the brief conversation that she was very distressed, Harriman said.

After breaking the phone, Hatt fled on foot and police began searching, including in a nearby wooded area, the chief said.

After about an hour, Harriman said, he located Hatt underneath the mobile home where the assault took place.

He was arrested, and because he was on bail for a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrest, he was charged with violating his bail conditions and assault. He was taken to the Washington County Jail.

The woman did not require medical treatment, Harriman said.

Harriman was assisted by members of the Maine State Police, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Border Patrol.

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