June 19, 2018
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Millinocket man accused of beating girlfriend with handguns

Jonathan Grant
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Millinocket man arrested Wednesday night for allegedly beating his girlfriend with two handguns made his first court appearance Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Jonathan Grant, 35, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, a Class B crime, and assault, a Class D crime. He did not enter a plea Friday.

District Court Judge John B. Lucy set bail at $10,000 cash.

Millinocket police were called to a home on Katahdin Avenue about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for a report of disorderly conduct, according to court documents. When Detective Jon Glidden arrived, Grant was gone and reportedly had guns with him.

His 28-year-old girlfriend reported that Grant had hit her on the head with the butt of two different handguns, knocked her down and kicked her.

Alice Clifford, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, told the judge Friday that the victim suffered contusions on her head, bruises on her hands and a broken rib.

The victim told police that her two children, ages 5 and 8 months, witnessed the attack. She said that Grant became angry when she returned from taking the older child to get ice cream and accused her of being with someone in a truck, according to court documents.

According to court documents, Glidden learned that Grant might have gone to a friend’s house on foot. Glidden and Sgt. Aaron Brooker went to the home and found Grant hiding in the basement.

Court documents did not say whether the guns were recovered.

Grant remained Friday night at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the aggravated assault charge alone.

His next court appearance is Jan. 14.

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