Rumford man faces aggravated assault charge after allegedly punching out woman’s front teeth

Posted Jan. 25, 2012, at 5:28 a.m.
John Messier
John Messier

RUMFORD, Maine — Police arrested a man after a woman called 911 to report he punched out her two front teeth early Tuesday morning.

John Messier, 41, of Rumford, was arrested by Rumford police officer Bradlee Gallant and charged with aggravated assault, Capt. Dan Garbarini said.

At 2:05 a.m., a woman dialed 911 from an apartment on Waldo Street and reported that she had been assaulted and her two front teeth had been punched out, Garbarini said.

Officer Gallant and Sgt. Douglas Maifield responded to the home and arrested Messier, Garbarini said.

Med-Care ambulance also responded and transported the woman to Rumford Hospital.

A charge of aggravated assault is normally used when a weapon is involved but Garbarini said in this case the Class B charge was used due to the nature of the woman’s injuries.

Conviction on the Class B charge could bring a sentence of up to 10 years.

Messier was transported to the Oxford County Jail and was released after posting $1,000 bail, a jail official said Tuesday afternoon.

Messier is set to appear in Rumford District Court on March 6, but Garbarini said the case may be moved to Superior Court once the district attorney reviews the case.

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