CAMBRIDGE, Maine — A local man is facing multiple charges after an alleged assault on an acquaintance over the weekend, police said Tuesday.
The series of events leading to the arrest of Erik Bickmore, 22, started at 2 a.m. Sunday when police were called to a Cambridge residence to investigate an assault complaint, Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office said.
Police determined Bickmore assaulted the victim with his hands, causing bruises, cuts and abrasions, and threatening her with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and a hatchet, according to Lancaster.
Bickmore also allegedly damaged a telephone to prevent the woman from calling for help, Lancaster said, but she was able to escape the residence later Sunday morning with the help of a family member.
The woman was taken to a hospital and later released.
A search warrant was obtained for Bickmore, and it was executed on Sunday night, Lancaster said.
He was taken into custody without incident and charged with domestic violence assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and obstructing the report of a crime.
Approximately 35 marijuana plants also were seized, Lancaster said, prompting police to add a cultivating marijuana charge.
Bickmore was arraigned on Monday and his bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 surety, Lancaster said.
Police believe this is not the first incident between Bickmore and the victim, Lancaster said.
Bickmore remained at the Somerset County Jail on Tuesday.
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