Aggressive party-goer arrested in Unity

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted July 05, 2011, at 5:52 p.m.

UNITY, Maine — A man who is reported to have attacked and terrorized guests at a weekend party — leaving behind an apartment filled with blood and broken glass — faces nine charges relating to the incident.

Jeremy D. Braley, 23, of Unity was among a small group of friends who had gathered Saturday night at a party. At some point early Sunday morning, Braley became upset, according to Chief Deputy Robert Keating of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, and is reported to have started choking one of his female friends.

Other people in the apartment saw Braley choke the woman, Keating said, and tried to intervene.

“That’s when he turned his aggression toward them,” said the chief deputy.

The police report detailed a chaotic scene that included people trying to hide from Braley in the apartment. One woman hid in a bedroom and two other people sheltered themselves in the bathroom.

Braley allegedly pushed on the bathroom door until it split open. He also is accused of hitting a woman in the head with a glass bottle and threatening to kill her.

“All three witnesses said he was very assaultive and threatening,” Keating said.

Police were called to the scene of a “domestic situation” in Unity at 1:10 a.m. Sunday. When Deputy Dan Thompson and Sgt. Jim Greeley of the sheriff’s office arrived, they saw several people outside, including a hysterical woman who allegedly had been a primary victim of Braley’s assault.

The officers went to the apartment, where they saw blood throughout, broken glass in several places, a broken cell phone and another broken phone.

Police found Braley, who appeared to be intoxicated, in another nearby apartment. They arrested him without incident and charged him with assault, two counts of terrorizing, obstructing the report of a crime, criminal mischief, domestic violence terrorizing, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and two counts of aggravated assault.

He was booked at Waldo County Jail in Belfast, where he was released on bail later that day, according to a jail official. Bail had been set at $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety.

Braley is set to appear in Waldo County Superior Court on July 28.

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