BREWER, Maine — A 55-year-old man who had been staying at the Cozy Inn for the last few months was arrested early Thursday morning after he allegedly beat and choked a woman staying in an adjacent room.
Dock Walker Jr., who made his initial court appearance on Friday, has been charged with aggravated assault, a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000, according to Brendan Trainor, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County.
Walker did not enter a plea on Friday. His next court appearance was scheduled for Dec. 6, unless he is indicted by a grand jury before then.
Trainor and Brewer police Cpl. Steve Boyd said Walker was arrested after police were called to the inn about 2:50 a.m. Thursday for a report of an assault.
Upon arrival, Cpl. Roger Hershey found a woman in a room there with head and neck injuries that included both eyes that were swelling shut and starting to turn black, scrapes to her forehead, a bloodied mouth and strangulation marks around her neck.
Trainor and Boyd said the woman was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment. No further information about her medical condition was available Friday night.
Trainor said the woman told police that she and Walker had been friendly for about three months but the relationship was platonic. In the hours leading up to the assault, the two reportedly had been drinking and cuddling when Walker “snapped,” she alleged.
The victim told investigators that she waited about an hour for Walker to pass out before calling police, Trainor said, citing an arrest report submitted by Hershey.
Walker remained Friday night at the Penobscot County Jail, unable to make bail of $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety set by District Court Judge Bruce Jordan.
Bail conditions include that he have no contact with his victim, stay away from the Cozy Inn and not use or possess alcohol and drugs, Trainor said.
Defense attorney Benjamin Fowler said Walker has lived at the Cozy Inn for about a year to be near his grown children. He said that Walker is on disability and can’t afford such a high bail. If Walker cannot be allowed to stay at the motel, he’s essentially homeless, Fowler said.