March 20, 2018
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Waterville police: Homeless man assaulted, threatened to kill girlfriend

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — A homeless man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after assaulting and threatening to kill his girlfriend, police said.

Andrew Smith, 32, was charged with domestic violence assault and domestic violence terrorizing, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said Friday.

Smith and the victim had slept Monday night in the woods along the Kennebec River, Rumsey said. The woman is homeless as well.

Tuesday morning, Smith grew angry because the victim was cold and her teeth were chattering, the deputy chief said, and he grabbed her by the hair while she was still in her sleeping bag, dragging her toward the river and threatening to kill her.

Police interviewed the woman that morning and later found Smith walking along Kennedy Memorial Drive. He was placed under arrest and brought to Kennebec County Jail, Rumsey said.

Smith’s court date is scheduled for Nov. 19.

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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