June 19, 2018
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Man charged with domestic assault after being found hiding behind Dumpster in Belfast

Taylor Jewett
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — Police over the weekend arrested a South Liberty man over who was found hiding behind a Dumpster in a Belfast parking lot after he was reported to have assaulted a woman in her home.

Taylor Jewett, 31, was issued a laundry list of charges after the incident, which took place Saturday night at an apartment complex on Ryan Road, according to officer Jason Couture of the Belfast Police Department. Couture said that the call came in as a domestic disturbance, probably from a concerned neighbor. By the time he arrived at the apartment, Jewett was no longer inside but had gone down to the parking area.

The woman told police that Jewett had come over to her home and refused to go when she asked him to leave. They argued and Jewett began yelling and swearing at her, the woman told police later. The fight continued to escalate, with Jewett breaking some of the woman’s possessions and acting violently, Couture said.

“She said he grabbed her shoulders and restrained her. She told him to go. He would not go. She tried to break his grip,” the officer said.

When the woman told Couture she was going to call the police, he allegedly grabbed the phone from her as she was dialing. She told police later that he then grabbed her car keys and threw them in the parking lot.

Couture said he believes that when Jewett realized police were on their way, he ran out. When the officer tracked him down in the parking lot, Jewett was acting “out of it” and generally impaired.

“I couldn’t smell alcohol,” Couture said, adding that he did find on Jewett a Suboxone wrapper and a usable amount of marijuana.

He charged Jewett with violation of his conditions of release from a previous offense, criminal trespass, unlawful possession of Suboxone, criminal mischief, obstructing report of a crime or injury, and domestic violence assault.

Jewett remained in police custody Tuesday, with bail set at $1,000 cash on all counts except the charge of violation of conditions of release. He is not allowed bail on that charge, a jail official said Tuesday.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 1-866-834-4357, TRS 1-800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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