Rockland man charged with domestic violence assault after fight over cigarette, police say

Posted Feb. 11, 2013, at 5:03 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 27-year-old man remains in jail after police said he assaulted a woman after an argument over a cigarette.

Nile Recchia of Rockland was arrested by Rockland police Sunday and charged with felony domestic violence assault and refusing to submit to arrest.

Recchia made an initial court appearance Monday in Rockland District Court where Judge John David Kennedy set bail at $2,500 cash.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald noted that the charge was a felony because Recchia had a prior domestic violence assault conviction in 2011 in Rockland. He said officers had to pepper spray the suspect to subdue him for the arrest.

According to an affidavit filed in court by Rockland police, the woman said the two had argued earlier over money. They had brought returnable bottles to the store and got money for cigarettes. When she was taking one of the cigarettes, he grabbed her hand and wrestled the cigarette from her, police reported. During the altercation, he dug his fingernails into her fingers and caused her to bleed, according to the affidavit.

Defense attorney William Pagnano had asked for bail of $1,500 unsecured.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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