May 25, 2018
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Farmington man faces kidnapping, aggravated assault charges

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Benjamin Rush
By Ann Bryant, Sun Journal

FARMINGTON, Maine — Police say a Farmington man faces charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault-domestic violence after he choked a woman and wouldn’t let her leave a Farmington Falls Road home early Saturday morning.

Benjamin Rush, 30, was arrested after a fight between him and a woman escalated, Deputy Chief Shane Cote said Tuesday.

Apparently they were fighting at a local bar late Friday night. After going home, the fight got physical, Cote said.

Rush choked her inside the house, and she tried to leave, he said. After she got into her car, he dragged her out by the neck and choked her again by the side of the house, he said.

She walked away, but he got into her car. He then apparently intimidated her and made her get back into the car, Cote said.

The woman refused medical treatment although she appeared to have a hard time breathing, he said.

Farmington police Officer William Tanner was called to the home later Saturday morning by someone Rush called, he said. The person was concerned that Rush was in crisis and indicated a potential for suicide, Cote said.

Rush is facing the kidnapping charge because he forced the woman out of the car and wouldn’t let her leave, he said.

Rush was taken to Franklin County Detention Center where he remained Tuesday morning. He was expected to make an initial appearance in court later Tuesday, according to a jail officer.


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