SANGERVILLE, Maine — A Harmony man was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly cutting the clothes off his girlfriend with a switchblade, according to police.
Tyler Stewart, 20, allegedly came to his girlfriend’s Sangerville home drunk on the night of Sept. 14 and ordered the 32-year-old woman to change her clothes because he didn’t like what she was wearing, Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Robert Young said on Friday morning. The victim refused to change, he said.
“He started tearing the clothes off of her and then pulled out a switchblade and he proceeded to cut all of her clothing off,” said Young, adding that he cut her leg in the process. “Once he had all her clothes off, he stopped and started laughing at her.”
Another man who was in the room also laughed at her, Young said.
The victim’s 10-year-old daughter was there as well. The cut on the victim’s leg did not require medical attention, he said.
Nobody called police that night to report the crime.
While working on an unrelated investigation, Young said police received information that the incident took place.
“Investigators went to see the victim and she confirmed what happened,” said Young.
Stewart was arrested in Wellington on Wednesday and was charged with aggravated domestic violence assault, a Class B felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a maximum fine of $20,000.
Stewart is being held at Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft, where a judge has set bail at $25,000.
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