June 22, 2018
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Police seek Camden man accused of abusing former partner

Photo courtesy of Knox County Jail
Photo courtesy of Knox County Jail
Randy B. Smith, 63, of Camden
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Police are looking for a 63-year-old Camden man who failed to appear in court last month to respond to a charge of domestic violence assault and multiple charges of violating protective orders.

Arrest warrants were issued May 16 for Randy B. Smith after he failed to appear in court on the charges. Police say he violated a court-imposed protection order and violated his bail on six occasions, the latest being on May 5.

A month earlier, District Court Judge Patricia Worth placed a $100,000 attachment on any property owned by Smith as the result of a civil lawsuit filed by the alleged victim in the domestic assault case.

Judge Worth ruled that the Camden woman was more likely than not to win the civil case.

An affidavit filed by the woman in her civil lawsuit states that Smith approached her at an art show in Rockland during the summer of 2010, struck up a conversation and told her that he was a friend of her late husband who had died the previous year in an accident.

The woman said she began a long-term romantic relationship with Smith, thinking he was an understanding individual.

Smith later revealed to her that he never knew her husband. He also admitted he had previously been in long-term relationships with both a wealthy widow and wealthy divorcee. She said in her lawsuit that Smith was an opportunist who she believes thought she too was wealthy.

Soon into their relationship Smith became verbally and physically abusive, she said in the affidavit. She said he refused to leave her home and on occasions when he would leave, he would break back into the home and one time hid in the basement.

She said he also threatened to have her stabbed when he thought she was seeing another man.

Smith grabbed her by the neck in 2011 and the woman filed a police report but later withdrew the complaint because she was afraid of public embarrassment, according to her lawsuit.

Smith was arrested in February 2014 on a criminal charge of domestic violence assault, according to police and court records. The police affidavit on that charge alleges that he pushed the woman when she tried to intervene in a verbal argument Smith was having with her 14-year-old son.

She told police that he then punched her in the face and when she called police, he ripped out cords from the wall in an effort to end the call. He fled from the scene when he realized she had already contacted police, according to the police affidavit.

He then repeatedly violated a court order to stay away from the woman, according to police.

In May, the district attorney’s office filed a motion to revoke Smith’s bail based on his violation of the protective order.

The woman filed her civil lawsuit in April. Smith has denied her accusation in a response filed in court to her lawsuit.

The woman is represented by attorney Darby Urey of Rockland. Smith is represented by attorney Harold Stewart II of Presque Isle.


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