Rockland man free on bail after police say he severely beat wife

Posted Sept. 06, 2013, at 2:35 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 51-year-old Rockland man was released on bail Friday, hours after police charged him with severely beating his wife.

James O. Beal of Pine Street was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. by Rockland Police and charged with aggravated assault, domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal restraint, and obstructing the report of a crime.

He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and released early Friday afternoon on $25,000 surety bail.

An affidavit filed by Officer Andrew Redden in Rockland District Court stated that police responded to the parking lot of McDonald’s Restaurant shortly before 2:30 a.m. after being called by the woman. She told officers that Beal assaulted her repeatedly at their Pine Street home during a fight over their pending divorce.

Beal grabbed her by the hair and pulled her into the bathroom where he locked the door, threw her on the floor, kicked her and punched her, according to the affidavit. She estimated that he struck her 100 times. During the assaults, he would whisper to her that he was going to kill her, according to the affidavit.

She said she was locked in the bathroom with him for more than 30 minutes.

She eventually was able to get out of the house and ran to the nearby McDonald’s parking lot, police reported.

The officer noticed bruising all over her arm. When the officer saw her later at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, he learned that she had one broken rib with others possibly fractured; bruises over her head, arms and back; and hair had been pulled out of her head. One ear was completely purple, he reported.

The woman said Beal also had assaulted her the previous night while they were driving in the car.

When police went to the Pine Street home, Beal denied the accusation and said his wife had simply left the house. Police said Beal allowed them to look at the bathroom and that there were many items turned over and things all over the floor as if there had been some type of altercation.

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