Facebook call for help leads to arrest on domestic violence charges

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted June 20, 2013, at 6:47 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A woman who barricaded herself in her bedroom last week after allegedly being assaulted by a man for “a couple days,” resorted to Facebook for help, police said.

Joshua M. Hustus, 36, of Belmont, was arrested and charged early Saturday morning in connection with the incident, Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said Tuesday afternoon. Charges include obstructing the report of a crime or injury, criminal mischief, domestic violence terrorizing, aggravated criminal trespassing and aggravated domestic violence assault with prior convictions.

The alleged victim did not have to be hospitalized, the chief said. The woman told police that the domestic violence incident had taken place over a few days and when she tried to use a phone to call for help, Hustus took it away from her.

She then locked herself in the bedroom, where she contacted a friend on a computer by using Facebook to alert them of the situation. That friend got in touch with police.

When police arrived at the Lincolnville Avenue residence, Hustus had left. McFadden said that officers John Gibbs and Eric Kelley requested assistance from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office in their search for the missing Hustus.

Two deputies looked for Hustus in homes he was known to frequent in Belmont and Lincolnville. Early Sunday morning Deputy Jordan Tozier located him on Birch Road in Belmont, and he was arrested without incident.

McFadden said that the charges were aggravated primarily because Hustus has prior domestic violence convictions.

Hustus remained in police custody Wednesday at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. His bail was set at $1,000 cash.

“It was a serious situation,” the chief said. “All domestics are serious.”

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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