UNITY, Maine — A 24-year-old man is being held in jail without bail after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend over the weekend in Unity and threatened the lives of her and their two children.
Lucas Jones is accused of attacking his girlfriend on Sunday night, in an assault that culminated with him throwing her into the wall and breaking the wall, punching her in the face and then taking her cellphone so she couldn’t call for help, according to police.
Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said that the victim, who had a baby two months ago, ran into the road to get help from passing vehicles, but nobody stopped.
The woman was reluctant to call police, but her friend reported the incident the following day. The friend told police that Jones told the victim “if she called the cops, she and the two kids would be dead by the time the cops got there,” Trafton said.
Jones also is accused of throwing a plate at the victim, who ducked. It broke over her head, Trafton said.
When police investigated the report of the assault on Monday, the victim had managed to get away with the children and was at her mother’s house. Trafton said that she had bruises and scratches all over her body, including her face.
Police arrested Jones, charging him with domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, domestic violence terrorizing and violating conditions of release. Because he violated bail conditions from a previous offense with the new charges of domestic violence, he is being held without bail, an official from Waldo County Jail said Tuesday. Jones was brought to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where he awaits arraignment.
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.