May 21, 2018
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Mattawamkeag man accused of beating, threatening to kill brother

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine — The brother and former roommate of a Mattawamkeag man was arrested and charged with domestic assault and terrorizing after beating his brother and threatening to kill both him and his girlfriend in their sleep.

Daron L. Cleary, 41, of Mattawamkeag was arrested for assaulting his brother by Maine State Police Trooper Ben Campbell after Campbell met with the brother at a Mattawamkeag restaurant following the incident on Friday, Nov. 30 at 8:40 p.m.

“I met with him and he had cuts, scratches and bruises to his face,” said Campbell. “He said he was hit in the head about seven or eight times.”

The argument apparently stemmed from Cleary’s use of medication.

“He was arguing about Daron being on medication or drugs in the past, and [Cleary] was under the influence of alcohol at the time,” said Campbell. “I don’t know if he was drunk, but he was clearly intoxicated.

“He [Cleary] also said he was going to kill his brother and his [brother’s] girlfriend in their sleep, which resulted in the terrorizing charge.”

After telling Campbell what happened, he agreed to go to Penobscot Regional Hospital in Lincoln for treatment, where Campbell said he was diagnosed with a concussion and a large corneal cut in his right eye.

After getting an initial report, Campbell went to the Main Street residence where Cleary lived with his brother and his brother’s girlfriend and arrested Cleary without incident.

“There were no issues and he was cooperative,” Campbell said.

Cleary was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor on Friday night, where he remained until Monday because he was unable to make bail. He was released on his own recognizance after an initial court hearing, and his next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 8 at Lincoln District Court. He is prohibited from having any contact with his brother and is no longer living at the same address.

Campbell said because the nature of the assault was domestic, Cleary’s brother does not have to press charges for him to be arrested and charged, but that wasn’t an issue in this case.

“All we need is probable cause, which we had with the nature of his injuries, but his girlfriend, who’s the one who contacted us initially, and him were threatened and he said he’s had enough. Apparently this has happened before,” said Campbell, who noted that Cleary has a previous history involving criminal mischief, but nothing violent.

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