June 22, 2018
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Fight over cellphone in Bangor ends with assault charges

Bangor Police Department | BDN
Bangor Police Department | BDN
Martin J. LeBlanc
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A woman with fresh scratches and a swollen bottom lip walked into the police station Monday afternoon to report she had just been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend after a fight over a cellphone, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

Martin LeBlanc, 44, who lists his address as the Hope House, a Bangor shelter for people struggling with drugs and alcohol, was arrested by Officer Kyle Pelkey at about 10:40 p.m. Monday and charged with domestic violence assault, the sergeant said.

The 46-year-old woman said she had been dating LeBlanc for about a year and let him borrow her cellphone. They made arrangements to meet at the Main Tavern on Main Street in Bangor so she could get her phone back, and she was punched in the mouth and pushed into a vehicle in the back parking lot, which was witnessed by others, Edwards said.

LeBlanc was taken to Penobscot County Jail and remained there Tuesday night, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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