Dexter man chokes girlfriend, threatens her with hammer, police say

Posted March 09, 2012, at 1:07 p.m.
Last modified March 09, 2012, at 6:33 p.m.

DEXTER, Maine — A local man was arrested Thursday night after choking his girlfriend and threatening to hit her with a hammer, said Dexter police Sgt. Kevin Wintle.

Cody Berry, 21, of Dexter was charged with domestic violence assault and violating conditions of release.

Dexter police Officer Daniel Cox received a complaint of a family fight at a Free Street home at 10:20 p.m. Thursday. Wintle said the victim brought a friend home, and Berry, the victim’s live-in boyfriend, was upset and made negative comments. The victim went into the bedroom, locked the door and lay down.

“[Berry] kicked in the door and took her cellphone,” said Wintle, who is also the acting police chief. “When she tried to get it back, the victim states that he choked her.”

He also grabbed a hammer off the counter and threatened her with it, said Wintle. There was a child in the home at the time.

Berry then got a ride to a residence on Winchester Avenue in Corinna, where he was arrested by Maine State Police.

He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, where he remained Friday morning.

CORRECTION:

Due to an editing error, an early version of this story incorrectly referenced Cox as the victim's live-in boyfriend, not Berry.

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