Man charged with choking, biting woman in Richmond domestic assault

Posted July 31, 2013, at 4:16 p.m.

RICHMOND, Maine — An 18-year-old man faces charges including domestic violence assault and aggravated criminal mischief following an alleged attack Monday on a 42-year-old Richmond woman.

Nick Rudolph, 18, who is listed as a transient, remained at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on Wednesday afternoon after failing to post $5,000 bail.

Rudolph is charged with kicking in the door of the Richmond apartment of his former girlfriend, biting her on the face and choking her, Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster said Wednesday.

Officers went just after 8:30 p.m. Monday to an apartment complex after neighbors reported hearing screaming from another unit, according to MacMaster.

After police noticed glass had been kicked out of or removed from a French-style door and saw a muddy footprint on the door, they entered the apartment and found the victim, crying, with visible bite marks and bruises on her neck and arm, MacMaster said.

Rudolph was arrested in the apartment, but not before allegedly threatening the officer, telling him that he was a member of the Bloods, a national street gang, “and that the Bloods would be here next week and his Bloods would end up shooting the officer, and the officer’s daughter,” MacMaster said.

Rudolph, who was “highly intoxicated,” according to MacMaster, was taken to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick for evaluation and then taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail.

The victim was treated at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta and released.

MacMaster said that while Rudolph was charged initially with domestic violence assault, that charge could be elevated to aggravated domestic violence assault after investigators determined that he had allegedly choked the victim.

He also faces charges of obstructing report of a crime after police say he smashed the phone when the victim tried to call for help.

Rudolph is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on Sept. 3.

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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