ROCKLAND, Maine — A 24-year-old man remains at Knox County Jail after being arrested Wednesday night, accused of biting a woman during an argument.
Derrick J. McDuffy of Pleasant Street in Rockland was charged with felony domestic violence assault. The charge is a felony because he has two recent prior convictions for violent offenses — an assault in January in Augusta and a robbery in June 2012 in Androscoggin County, according to the court complaint.
According to an affidavit filed by Rockland police in Rockland District Court, the bouncer of a local bar contacted police shortly after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to report he witnessed a woman running for help while being chased by a man. Officers responded but were initially not able to find anyone.
Later in the evening, an officer located a woman matching the description given by the bouncer. She was sitting on a sidewalk, crying, according to the affidavit. The woman initially said she did not want her boyfriend arrested but simply wanted money to buy a bus ticket to return to New York City.
The woman eventually told the officer McDuffy had grabbed her and squeezed her during an argument, and he bit her on the back when she tried to run away. The officer observed the bite mark, which showed a teeth pattern, torn skin and dried blood.
The officer went to the apartment to interview McDuffy who denied biting the victim but said they had a fight about their pasts. The officer arrested McDuffy, and he was taken to the Knox County Jail.
Judge Beth Dobson set bail at $5,000 cash.
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