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Kennebunk man accused of choking woman, causing her to drop baby

Posted May 31, 2012, at 12:37 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Kennebunk man who has been in trouble for domestic violence before is now facing a felony charge after police say he choked his girlfriend during an argument on Monday.

Prince Benjamin, 26, was in town visiting his girlfriend over the holiday weekend when he became agitated over a text message he found on her cellphone, according to Waterville Deupty Chief Charles Rumsey.

The woman was holding her 8-month-old child at the time of the assault, Rumsey said, and Benjamin’s choking caused her to drop the baby. The woman and the child were both uninjured.

Benjamin allegedly asked the woman if she wanted him to kill her during the assault, Rumsey said. The suspect did not have any weapons.

Benjamin was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault and domestic violence criminal threatening, both felonies due to his prior charges, Rumsey said. When police took him into custody, they learned Benjamin had an outstanding warrant for unpaid fines out of Biddeford on the prior domestic violence charge.

Benjamin was transported to Kennebec County Jail where he remained Thursday. He is due in superior court June 12.

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