June 22, 2018
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Belfast man who cooked girlfriend’s phone faces charges, police say

Kevin Flagg
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — A local man who recently was convicted for a February domestic violence assault in which he used a sledgehammer to damage his home was arrested again last week after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and threatening her with a knife.

Kevin Flagg, 46, of Belfast recently was released from prison after serving a 55-day sentence for the prior assault, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

Flagg and the victim had been arguing Thursday evening about his drinking, Cunningham said. Then Flagg wanted the woman to write a statement recanting the allegations that led to his conviction.

“If she didn’t, he threatened severe bodily harm,” Cunningham said, adding that Flagg had a knife.

Flagg didn’t assault her with the knife but did shove her backward onto the bed, hard enough that there were bruises on her back, the detective said.

The woman tried to call for help but Flagg apparently threw the phone onto a hot stove and it melted, according to police reports. She was able to leave the residence and call 911. When police arrived, Flagg reportedly refused to submit to arrest and fought with the two officers, who were not injured.

“He met the officers in his underwear,” Cunningham said.

Flagg was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, obstructing report of crime or injury, and assault.

Because Flagg had two prior convictions for domestic violence assault — the February assault and another in 2008 — it may make the most recent charges a felony crime, police said.

Flagg was taken to Waldo County Jail to be booked and has been taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where he remains in custody. His bail has been set at $7,500 cash or $20,000 surety, according to jail officials.

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