SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Three local women were arrested early Tuesday morning after allegedly barging into an apartment and assaulting the female occupant, according to police.
Just before midnight on Monday, Stacey Robinson, 33, Kristina Santamore, 28, and Brandy St. Pierre, 34, all of Skowhegan, were banging on the front door of a Sherwood Forest Apartment on Sherwood Court, said Skowhegan Deputy Chief Daniel Summers.
The female tenant and her boyfriend were inside and heard the loud bangs on the door, he said.
“The boyfriend answered the door and immediately a baseball bat comes through the door,” said Summers. “He slammed the door shut and the bat stayed outside.”
After more yelling from the three women, the female tenant opened the door, he said.
“She was immediately grabbed by the throat by Robinson and all three forced their way into the apartment,” Summers said. “St. Pierre stood guard at the door and threatened the male with the bat. She was waving it in his face, saying, ‘You better not get involved.’”
Robinson and Santamore allegedly took turns beating up the female victim.
“They punched her all over, including hitting her in the back of the head,” Summers said.
He also mentioned that the three women had accused the victim of theft and that was the reason for showing up and the alleged assault .
“Upon leaving, they took a change jar from the apartment,” he said.
The victim called police and was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan for minor injuries and was later released. Summers said she had some contusions on her face.
Robinson was charged with Class B burglary, Class B aggravated assault and Class D criminal mischief.
Santamore was charged with Class B burglary, Class B aggravated assault, Class E theft and obstructing the report of a crime.
St. Pierre was charged with Class B burglary and Class D assault.
All three women were arrested and taken to Somerset County Jail in Madison. Robinson and Santamore were released on $300 bail on Tuesday afternoon, but St. Pierre remained in jail.
The Somerset County district attorney’s office may increase the charges after it looks at the case, Summers said.
The trio face up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines for the Class B felonies. The Class D misdemeanors carry a sentence of less than a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. The Class E crime has a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.