BELFAST, Maine — The Searsmont man accused in March of a domestic violence attack on his girlfriend that ended only when a neighbor pulled the young woman away from him and toward safety was indicted last week by the Waldo County grand jury.
Devin S. Aldus, 19, was charged with domestic violence criminal threatening, domestic violence reckless conduct, domestic violence assault, refusing to submit to arrest and criminal restraint in connection with the March 8 incident in Searsmont.
Police credited neighbor Melissa Lamont McGaw with quick, heroic action, when she responded to the screams she had heard from the home about a quarter-mile from hers. When Lamont McGaw sped to the source of the screaming in her car, she spotted Aldus wrestling an 18-year-old woman on the icy snow outside the house.
The neighbor told the BDN that she did not feel like a hero, when she got out of her car and fought to pull Aldus off the woman.
“I felt like a mama bear,” she said then. “My strength didn’t do it — he’s very strong. I was just determined. Her not getting in the car was not an option.”
Even after Lamont McGaw managed to get the young woman into her car and ran around to the driver’s seat, Aldus had opened the passenger door and trying to attack the woman again. She told the BDN that she took off in the car, rolling the window up on his fingers, and took the woman to her own home and called police.
The victim told police that that morning Aldus had made threats to kill her and her family, and took her phone from her when she tried to call for help.
The incident was serious enough to trigger Waldo County’s new high-risk domestic violence response team, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.
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.