BELFAST, Maine — A 911 hang-up call made Saturday afternoon led police to a home on Swan Lake Avenue where a domestic violence assault had left a woman injured and the residence heavily damaged by a sledgehammer.
Kevin Flagg, 46, reportedly had ripped the phone out of the wall after a woman dialed for help, according to Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden. The police dispatcher did not have a chance to speak to the caller.
But officers went to the home anyway and pieced together what had happened after interviewing Flagg and the woman, the chief said Monday.
“It was a good example of being patient with domestic violence calls,” McFadden said. “It wasn’t immediately obvious what happened.”
The two apparently had begun arguing over the use of alcohol and the fight escalated, the chief said.
“There’s a lot of damage done to the inside of the house. A sledgehammer was even used on the walls,” he said.
Officers reported that the woman apparently had been pushed down, pushed around and pushed into things, McFadden said.
Flagg was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault with one prior and obstructing the report of a crime. He also was issued a summons for violation of conditions of release.
He was booked at Waldo County Jail in Belfast, where he remained in police custody Monday afternoon, according to a jail official. Bail has been set at $1,000 cash.