Whitefield man indicted for allegedly choking girlfriend, cutting her with knife

Posted March 17, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.

WISCASSET, Maine — A 31-year-old Whitefield man has been indicted for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, attempting to strangle her and then cutting her with a knife.

A Lincoln County grand jury indicted Richard C. Staples on March 11 for elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault and obstructing report of a crime.

Staples allegedly attacked his 29-year-old girlfriend at a Bristol residence on Dec. 22, 2013, pushing her to the ground and trying to strangle her, then inflicting a “substantial cut” to her hand, Lt. Mike Murphy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

When the woman attempted to call for help, Staples allegedly smashed her phone. He then left the house, Murphy said, and the woman drove to her mother’s home.

Seven days later, Staples was arrested again and charged with violating conditions of release after he allegedly made contact with the woman in violation of his bail conditions.

Staples has since been released from Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset. His bail was unavailable on Monday. Staples is scheduled to appear in Lincoln County Superior Court on March 27.

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