May 22, 2018
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Bethel man accused of threatening woman with gun

Brian Piawlock
By Tony Reaves, Sun Journal

BETHEL, Maine — A local man is accused of holding a gun to a woman’s head and not allowing her to call 911.

Brian Piawlock, 53, is charged with domestic assault, obstructing the report of a crime, criminal restraint, aggravated assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm by a felon and violation of condition of release, according to police records.

On Tuesday night, Deputy Matthew Noyes of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of domestic violence. According to Noyes’ affidavit, the woman said Piawlock wouldn’t let her leave the residence. She said he disconnected the phone when she tried to dial 911.

Piawlock was arrested and charged with domestic assault, obstructing report of a crime and criminal restraint. He bailed after posting $1,000, according to Noyes’ report.

The next day, Noyes received an anonymous tip that the woman hadn’t told the whole story. Later, the woman said Piawlock had threatened her with a shotgun and hit her with the butt of the gun, the affidavit said.

Noyes found Piawlock at the woman’s residence, which he had been ordered not to return to. He said Piawlock denied the incident with the shotgun or that he owned one. Noyes arrested Piawlock on Wednesday night on charges related to new claims of violence as well as Piawlock’s violation of bail conditions.

On Friday, Piawlock’s bail was set at $1,000 unsecured bond.

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