ROCKLAND, Maine — A 29-year-old man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after being accused of severely beating his girlfriend.
Jason F. Cummings, whose address in court papers was listed as Millinocket, was charged with aggravated assault, obstructing report of a crime or injury, and criminal mischief. He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.
Cummings made his initial court appearance Friday afternoon in Rockland District Court. Judge Patricia Worth set bail at $5,000 cash. Cummings remained in jail late Friday afternoon.
An affidavit filed by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office states that Deputies Matt Elwell and Paul Simonetti went to a residence on Dublin Road in South Thomaston shortly before noon Wednesday after a report of a domestic assault.
Deputies found a 34-year-old woman with a black eye and marks on her neck, according to the affidavit. The woman told officers that Cummings, who was her live-in boyfriend, had head-butted her, grabbed her hands and made her punch herself in the face, threw her to the floor repeatedly, and grabbed her by the neck and choked her, the document states.
The assault reportedly followed an argument the pair had about nine hours earlier. Cummings threw the woman into a closet where she struck the wall and apparently dislocated her shoulder, according to the affidavit.
Cummings then sat in front of the bedroom door to prevent her from leaving or contacting police.
The affidavit does not state how she was able to contact someone for help.
The woman told deputies that Cummings had assaulted her before and she was afraid he would kill her, according to the affidavit.
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.
Correction: A headline on a previous version of this story said the alleged assault occurred in Rockland. It occurred in South Thomaston.