BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Cumberland County grand jury has indicted a 28-year-old man for allegedly kidnapping his former girlfriend, tying her up and attempting to strangle her in April in Brunswick.
Patrick Ridley, 28, whose last known address was Bath, was indicted last week on a charge of Class A felony kidnapping, as well as the misdemeanor charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, domestic violence terrorizing, and misuse of a public benefits instrument.
Ridley allegedly arrived at a Lisbon home the night of April 10 and asked to speak to his 24-year-old former girlfriend, Deputy Chief Marc Hagan of the Brunswick Police Department said in April. She agreed to speak 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, according to Hagan.
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. He later returned her to the Lisbon home, Hagan said.
The following day, 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.
Ridley allegedly admitted at the time of his arrest that he used someone else’s EBT card, which public assistance recipients use to make purchases.
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