ROCKLAND, Maine — A frequent offender is again in jail, this time for assaulting his girlfriend, who is 8 months pregnant, police say.
Lee Williams, 25, of Thomaston was arrested for domestic violence assault on Friday and made his first court appearance the same day. As of Friday afternoon, Williams was still in jail after bail was set at $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety with supervised release.
The new charge follows a long list of convictions for numerous offenses including three assaults, five incidents of terrorizing, obstructing the report of a crime, domestic violence assault, assault on an officer, criminal mischief, four violations of protective orders, four violations of conditions of release and two incidents of refusing to submit to arrest. All those convictions were in the last five years, according to Williams’ criminal history record with the Maine Bureau of Identification.
After hearing screaming and banging in Williams’ apartment, a neighbor called police. Williams, who appeared to be “in a state of high anger,” told police that he was trying to get his live-in girlfriend to leave his apartment, according to an affidavit filed in Knox County Superior Court.
“Williams put his arms around her belly from the back and began to pull on her to remove her from the house. She was screaming in pain because she is 8 months pregnant. [The woman] told Lee Williams to stop because it was hurting her belly. [She] stated Lee Williams stated, ‘he didn’t give a [expletive] if it died,” wrote officer Michael Blais of the Thomaston Police Department.
According to the victim, Williams was angry on June 15 because he woke up late and had to get his children to day care before he went to work at Pizza Hut. The girlfriend was trying to get her 3-year-old boy ready at the time when “Williams began throwing things and yelling at her,” Blais wrote.
The woman had already packed her and her children’s belongings after a fight a few days before.
“Williams began to unpack the clothes and told her to ‘get the [expletive] out of his house,’” the police report stated. Williams said she could get the clothes back later when he decided she could, the victim told police. She said she refused to leave without her children’s things, like she had on previous occasions. That’s when Williams pushed a cradle into the woman’s pregnant belly, which made her fall to the ground, according to the police report.
“Williams then grabbed her [3-year-old] son by the pants and shirt and was going to throw the child out the door,” according to the police report. The woman grabbed the child back, which is when Williams tried to do the same thing to her 10-month old boy, whom she was able to get to first.
When the woman reached for a cellphone to call for help, Williams “swung her around, grabbing both of her arms and began to slam her against the wall 10 to 15 times” while calling her various vulgar terms, Blais wrote in his affidavit.
He screamed at her and said “if he goes to jail that [the woman] would regret it,” the report stated.
When police arrived the woman was smoking outside, barefoot and “extremely shaken up,” Blais wrote. She told the policeman that nothing was wrong. But two hours after Blais left the scene the woman went to the police station and told the officer her story, saying she hadn’t felt safe telling him at the time and at Williams’ apartment.