June 20, 2018
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Warren man jailed after allegedly assaulting girlfriend who wanted to break up

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 57-year-old Warren man remained in jail Friday after being arrested Wednesday, accused of assaulting his girlfriend after she announced she wanted to break up with him.

Robert Armstead was charged with felony domestic violence assault, and possession of Suboxone.

Police were called after the woman was taken to the emergency room at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. She was interviewed first by a Rockport officer and then by one from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman said she informed Armstead she was leaving and he allegedly tried to stop her by grabbing her and pulling on her shirt, according to an affidavit filed by the sheriff’s office in Rockland District Court. A witness who helped her leave the Warren residence confirmed that account.

The woman also alleged that Armstead had assaulted her two other times in the past three weeks, according to the affidavit. In one of those instances, she said he put his hands around her neck to the point she could not breathe. In the other instance, she said Armstead threw her around the house.

The county officer said the woman had a scratch on her neck about 8 inches long.

Armstead called the woman multiple times while the officer was interviewing the victim in the emergency room.

When officers went to the Warren home to arrest him, they discovered the Suboxone, which he denied was his.

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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