May 26, 2018
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Man who allegedly choked girlfriend with shoelace surrenders to police

Kennebec County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Kennebec County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Ronald Willey
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

ROME, Maine — A local man who allegedly choked his girlfriend with a shoelace surrendered to police on Thursday afternoon.

Ronald Willey, 28, made arrangements with Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dave Bucknam to surrender after he learned the sheriff’s office was looking for him.

Willey was charged with aggravated assault, domestic violence assault and terrorizing, Capt. Dan Davies said in an email Friday.

According to Davies, Willey choked his girlfriend with a shoelace to the point she lost consciousness on Sunday.

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

Willey also threatened his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter with a knife, said Davies.

The woman was taken to an Augusta hospital 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.

Deputy Jeremy Day responded to the incident at 10:50 a.m. after the 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.

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