NEWPORT, Maine — A Newport man is behind bars after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend for approximately 12 hours, according to police.
Philip Dumont, 32, of Newport was arrested around noon Friday and charged with domestic violence assault, a Class C felony, Newport police Chief Leonard Macdaid said Monday.
Dumont made his first appearance before a judge Monday afternoon at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Bail was set at $5,000 cash, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.
Macdaid said Dumont’s alleged assaults on his 27-year-old live-in girlfriend at Dumont’s New Road residence began just before midnight on Thursday and proceeded until about noon on Friday.
“It started as a verbal argument, but then he wouldn’t calm down,” said Macdaid. “She kept trying to go to sleep, but he wouldn’t let her. He struck her in the face with his arms and kept following her into the bathroom. She tried to make several phone calls, but he kept taking the phone away. It was the same thing all night.”
Dumont eventually passed out, said Macdaid, and the victim was able to call her mother. The mother then called for an ambulance. Once EMTs arrived, they called police, he said.
The woman had cuts and bruises on her leg, back, head, neck and arms, said Macdaid. She was taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield and has since been released.
Dumont also had an outstanding warrant for unpaid fines for an earlier assault, according to Macdaid. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, where he remained on Monday afternoon.
If convicted, Dumont faces up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000 for the Class C charge.
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.