Neighbors never called police as woman allegedly assaulted, hung out of second-story window in Berwick

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, at 6:13 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 11, 2014, at 6:28 a.m.

BERWICK, Maine — Police arrested a man after a woman reported being held against her will, assaulted, kicked, bitten, strangled and hung out of a second-floor window upside down.

Investigators also said the victim sought help from neighbors during the assault, but the neighbors never contacted police.

Police arrested Robert Mulrooney, 58, of 63 Sullivan St. Sunday and charged him with aggravated assault and criminal restraint. He is being held at the York County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.

The police department received a call on Sunday at 10:07 a.m. from police in Rochester, N.H., requesting they respond to a domestic violence victim at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Once at the hospital, Berwick officers interviewed the female victim who said she had been held against her will the previous night at the Sullivan Street residence.

The police report stated the victim alleged she had been “assaulted, kicked, bit and strangled throughout the night by the suspect” between 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. She also told investigators Mulrooney had hung her out of a second-floor window upside down.

The woman told police she was able to get a ride to Rochester where she then called 911 asking for assistance.

Officers conducting the investigation learned “the victim sought help from neighbors, but police were never contacted.”

Mulrooney was arrested later that day.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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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