BELFAST, Maine — Police arrested two Belfast men this week and charged them in unrelated domestic violence crimes.
One man, Kevin Walsh, 46, is accused of having gotten into an argument with his ex-wife on Thursday, Oct. 6, and striking her in the face. He then knocked her to the bed, got on her chest and put a cigarette out on her face, the woman told police.
After the alleged attack, the woman spent some time avoiding Walsh but then apparently contacted him when she needed a ride. They began to argue and she then decided to contact the Belfast Police Department on Wednesday, interim Chief Walter Corey said Friday morning.
When a police officer interviewed Walsh, he acknowledged that there had been a confrontation, but said that the woman had been “just as much a part of it as he was,” Corey said.
According to Walsh, he had been holding her down in order to protect himself and ash fell from his cigarette onto her face.
A police photo showed the woman had a red mark on her face. She did not go to the hospital for treatment, Corey said. Walsh also had some scratches and scabs that he said were the result of the confrontation.
He was charged with domestic violence assault and domestic violence terrorizing and taken to Waldo County Jail. He has been released on bail, with a court date set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at Belfast District Court.
Police also arrested Thomas R. Smith, 41, who apparently has been living at an apartment on Cedar Street, although his address is given as South China.
Smith called police Wednesday to tell them he was having a verbal argument about money with his girlfriend.
Investigating officers reported that Smith had apparently kicked and broken a child’s safety gate and that he allegedly had raised his fist and threatened to hit his girlfriend.
Smith said that the gate had been broken by accident and that he raised his fist in order to block her from hitting him with a shoe, according to Chief Corey.
Police charged him with domestic violence criminal threatening and criminal mischief. He was taken to Waldo County Jail and has been released on bail.