Bath man allegedly tied up, tried to strangle former girlfriend in kidnapping

Patrick Ridley
Brunswick Police Department
Patrick Ridley
Posted April 14, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
Last modified April 14, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Police on Monday released more details about the alleged kidnapping of a Brunswick woman by her ex-boyfriend Thursday night.

Patrick Ridley, 28, whose last known address was in Bath, was charged Friday after police say he kidnapped his 24-year-old former girlfriend, took her to another residence, tied her up and attempted to strangle her.

Ridley arrived at a Lisbon home Thursday night and asked to speak to the woman, according to Deputy Chief Marc Hagan of the Brunswick Police Department. She reportedly agreed to talk to him in his vehicle.

Ridley then drove off, ignoring her demands that he return her to the house, Hagan said. When she attempted to call for help, Ridley allegedly broke her phone and threatened to kill her. He struck her several times while she was in the vehicle, causing minor scrapes and abrasions, Hagan said.

At one point as they drove through Brunswick, the victim jumped out of the vehicle, but Ridley got out of the car and grabbed her, Hagan said.

Then Ridley stopped at a Brunswick residence, took the woman inside and allegedly tied her to a chair, placing a bag over her head and again threatening to kill her, Hagan said.

Ridley eventually decided to return the woman to the Lisbon home, according to Hagan.

On Friday, Brunswick police located Ridley near School Street and he ran off, Hagan said. With the help of a Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office tracking dog, they discovered him hiding in bushes in that area.

In addition to charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping, Ridley was charged with misuse of a public benefit instrument after police say he admitted to using someone else’s EBT card.

He remained in Cumberland County Jail Monday morning held without bail. He is scheduled to appear in Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland on June 17.

Police continue to investigate the incident and more charges are expected.

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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