Rome man on the run after choking girlfriend with a shoelace, police say

Posted Nov. 02, 2011, at 3:13 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 02, 2011, at 5:35 p.m.
Ronald Willey
Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office
Ronald Willey

ROME, Maine — Police are seeking a local man who allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend with a shoelace and threatened her daughter with a knife on Sunday morning.

Ronald Willey, 28, fled a Watson Pond Road home after choking the woman to the point she lost consciousness, Capt. Dan Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said in an email.

After the assault, police say Willey threatened the woman’s 13-year-old daughter with a knife before fleeing the residence.

The woman was taken to the emergency room for treatment of injuries to her head and neck but left before doctors could further evaluate her. Neither the victim nor her daughter suffered permanent injury, said Davies.

The victim “reluctantly identified her boyfriend, Ronald Willey, as her attacker,” Davies said in the email.

Deputy Jeremy Day responded to the incident at 10:50 a.m. after hospital staff at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta alerted the police.

“Willey has an extensive history dating back to 2006 to include prior arrests for assault, [domestic violence] assault, trafficking in prison contraband, criminal conspiracy, negotiating worthless instruments and probation violations,” said Davies.

The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help from the public in finding Willey. He is 5 foot 7, 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information about the case is urged to call 623-3614.

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