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UMaine assault lands Orono student in jail

Posted Feb. 20, 2011, at 10:18 p.m.

Few details are available about a reported assault that happened on Friday night on the University of Maine campus, but the man police say is responsible was arrested on Saturday, Joe Carr, university spokesman, said on Sunday.

University police arrested UMaine student Nicholas Jones, 19, of Orono for simple assault and criminal mischief on Saturday, he said.

Investigating police “say he assaulted a female student outdoors on Belgrade Road on campus” on Friday night, Carr said. “She had some injury, described as bruising, and did not report it.”

Orono police received a report of the assault on Saturday, and Orono officers informed campus police. Both agencies worked together to investigate the crime, Carr said.

At some point during the Friday night altercation, the female’s phone was broken, which is why Jones is facing the criminal mischief charge, he said.

Few other details, including the age of the female, what lead up to the fight, and whether or not the two knew each other were not available on Sunday.

Jones was arrested around 9:40 p.m. Saturday and taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. He was later released, a jail official said.

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