POLICE BEAT

Bangor man who manages apartment building arrested twice in 2 days for assault, police say

Posted June 11, 2012, at 1:56 p.m.
Thomas Baker
Bangor Police Department
Thomas Baker

BANGOR, Maine — A wanted Bangor man wielding a wooden sparring sword was arrested Saturday afternoon after he used the weapon to strike and poke a tenant at the property he manages, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

After getting out of jail Sunday morning, Thomas Baker, 33, walked home to the Essex Street apartment building he shares with the tenant and encountered him, his 41-year-old girlfriend and another man in the driveway and assaulted her, the sergeant said.

“This guy was arrested twice in two days,” Edwards said.

The 20-year-old tenant called police from the Westgate Healthcare Mall, where he got treatment for his assault wounds about 1 p.m. Saturday. He told police that Baker — carrying the sword, with a gun holstered on his waist and accompanied by another man — had walked into the apartment unannounced at about 4 a.m., Edwards said. The tenant, his girlfriend and the other man were watching a movie, the sergeant said.

“This guy was just in there hitting them with the stick — pushing people around,” Edwards said of Baker and his sword. “Basically, he had an issue with them. A personal issue.”

The tenant “was actually poked in the face a few times” and had cuts and bruises as a result, the sergeant said.

Baker, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant, was arrested and charged with assault and terrorizing. He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

Lt. Tom Reagan and Officer Brian Smith searched Baker’s apartment and located the sword and a gun. The sword was taken as evidence, Edwards said.

Officer Smith was called back to Essex Street when Baker arrived home at around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

After being released from jail, Baker came upon the tenant, the tenant’s girlfriend and the other man in the driveway of the apartment building, Edwards said.

“She claims he came up to the window [of the car] at a fast rate and grabbed her by the head of her hair and was throwing her around,” Edwards said. “She believed he was trying to pull her out of the car by her hair.”

The tenant “said he had a huge picture frame in his hands so he hit [Baker] with it,” the sergeant said.

Once Baker was on the ground, the other man kicked him, Edwards said, and Baker requested the three be charged with assault.

“No one else was charged,” the sergeant said.

Baker was returned to jail, charged with assault and violating his bail conditions, but was out again by Monday morning, Edwards said.

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