BRUNSWICK, Maine — Two men were arrested Monday night in separate incidents of alleged domestic violence, with both men accused of taking the phones from their girlfriends when the women tried to call for help.
Just before 7 p.m., police responded to a Union Street apartment for a report of a domestic disturbance in which a 26-year-old woman had locked herself in a bathroom, Deputy Chief Marc Hagan of the Brunswick Police Department said Tuesday.
Police spoke with her boyfriend, Josiah James Stewart, 30, and determined that the woman had attempted to call 911, but he took the phone and pushed her down, causing scratches, Hagan said.
Stewart was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault and obstructing report of a crime, and was released from the Brunswick police station on $1,000 unsecured bail. He is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on May 21.
Early Tuesday morning, a 21-year-old Brunswick man was arrested on the same charges in an unrelated case, Hagan said.
Police responded just after 1 a.m. to Cumberland Street, where a 25-year-old woman allegedly sustained “minor cuts and abrasions” after an altercation with her boyfriend, Ryan Purington.
“She asked him to leave and he got angry and became confrontational,” Hagan said. “She tried to call 911 and he took the phone out of her hands and put it in his pocket. She tried to go to the neighbors, and he blocked her exit and pushed her several times forcefully, and prevented her from leaving.”
Purington was taken to Cumberland County Jail and held on $210 cash bail. He is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on June 4.