Shawmut man arrested after threatening girlfriend with knife, police say

Posted Aug. 03, 2012, at 11:15 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 03, 2012, at 11:48 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Shawmut man is facing a felony charge after police say he threatened his girlfriend with a knife early Friday morning.

Even though James Chartrand, 45, never used the weapon, he grew agitated enough during an argument to draw it and is now facing up to five years in prison, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.

Police were called to the Budget Host Inn around 2 a.m. by a third-party complaint about a domestic situation, Rumsey said.

When police responded, Chartrand and the victim had exited their room and were walking in a hallway, Rumsey said. Chartrand was arrested and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony.

The victim was not injured in the incident, and a folding knife was found in Chartrand’s pants when police searched him.

Chartrand remains at the Kennebec County Jail. He is due in court on Sept. 11.