April 22, 2018
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Bangor man facing several charges after alleged assault on fiancee

Bangor Police Department | BDN
Bangor Police Department | BDN
Matthew Adams
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man was arrested on domestic violence assault and other charges early Thursday morning after he allegedly assaulted his fiancee, whom he was not supposed to be with as part of his bail conditions.

Matthew Adams, 26, also was charged with criminal mischief, drug possession and theft charges as well as violating the conditions of a previous arrest. At the time of his arrest, he also was wanted on an active warrant, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday, citing an arrest report.

Edwards said that police were called to his fiancee’s Curve Street apartment shortly after 1 a.m., after he allegedly struck her in the face, causing a swelling above her right eye.

When the 911 call was placed to Bangor police, Adams was standing outside the apartment building. He was gone, however, by the time Officer Gary Decker arrived, Edwards said. Adams reportedly had walked off toward Court Street.

“She said they’re engaged to be married and that he currently had a bail condition,” Edwards said, citing the arrest report. “Despite that, she allowed him to move in.”

After she was assaulted, the victim went to the home of a friend, who let her in and called police.

When Officer Gary Decker entered the apartment the two shared, he found that Adams had destroyed videotapes and other belongings, which resulted in the criminal mischief charge.

The officer also found an empty prescription drug bottle for clonazepam that did not belong to Adams on the floor.

Decker, who left after helping the victim fill out a domestic violence worksheet, was called back there a little over an hour later, when Adams’ fiancee asked that an ambulance take her to the hospital for treatment of her injuries. Afterward, she asked the officer to drive her and her friend home because she was afraid Adams might have returned there, Edwards said.

When they got back to her home, shortly before 5 a.m., they noted that a light that she had left on was turned off. Adams who was inside, asleep in a bedroom, was placed under arrest, Edwards said. He said that a subsequent search turned up the missing clonazepam, which led to the drug possession charge.

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