Police: Father overhears assault of daughter in Newport after phone thrown under her bed

Posted Nov. 15, 2013, at 12:58 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — A local man is in jail after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend for nearly an hour. The incident was overheard by the victim’s father, police said.

At about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Newport police received a call from a man reporting that his daughter had been assaulted, according to Newport police Chief Leonard Macdaid.

The woman had called her father and then she threw her phone under the bed before her boyfriend allegedly assaulted her for 52 minutes, said Macdaid.

“He assaulted her for quite a while. He choked her, threw her on the ground and threatened to kill her,” said Macdaid. The father “heard the whole thing.”

The man didn’t know the address where his daughter was staying, but police were able to make their way to a Main Street residence.

Police arrested Raynold Labree, 29, of Newport and charged him with Class C domestic violence assault. He was transported to Penobscot County Jail, where he remained late Friday morning.

The woman was not transported to a hospital, said Macdaid.

A Class C felony charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 5 years if convicted, and a maximum fine of $5,000.

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

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