PALERMO, Maine — A local man was taken to jail early Wednesday morning after being accused of smashing his romantic partner’s car with a crowbar and assaulting her with his fists.
Justin Howard, 29, of Palermo, was arguing with the woman a little after midnight at a Branch Mills Road residence when he got upset, according to Lt. Jason Trundy of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. Howard allegedly smashed her car with the crowbar, slammed and broke a door and then hit her, telling her that if he went to jail for the attack, he would kill her after he was released.
The woman was able to call for help, and when Sgt. James Greeley and Deputy Dan Thompson responded, Howard cooperated as they arrested him, Trundy said. He admitted to damaging the woman’s car.
Howard was charged with domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing and domestic violence criminal mischief. He was taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast to be booked, but later Wednesday morning was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset to be arraigned. His bail was set at $10,000 cash, according to a jail official.
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