Winslow man accused of assaulting female family member

Posted Sept. 12, 2012, at 2:10 p.m.

WINSLOW, Maine — A Winslow man is facing charges after he assaulted a family member early Tuesday morning, according to police.

The female victim came to the Winslow police station just after midnight and reported that Matthew Woodard, 31, had assaulted her, Winslow police Chief Jeff Felanson said.

“At that time the officers could see a bruised lip, swelling to her face and blood on her jacket,” Felanson said.

The woman stated that Woodard was intoxicated, and an argument led to the assault, according to Felanson.

“He punched her in the face and head several times,” Felanson said.

The victim managed to escape Woodard and report the incident to police, Felanson said, at which point Lt. Josh Veilleux and Officer David Lefferts called for an ambulance before going to Woodard’s residence to arrest him.

Police took Woodard into custody, and in the residence were empty beer cans, marijuana and a marijuana pipe, Felanson said.

Woodard was booked into the Kennebec County Jail on charges of domestic violence assault, a Class D misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, both Class E misdemeanors.

The victim was treated at Thayer Hospital and released. Woodard’s first court appearance is Oct. 11 in Waterville District Court.