June 18, 2018
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Bangor man accused of threatening woman, throwing her dog over balcony

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local man is facing multiple charges after allegedly making threats against a woman during an argument and assaulting her dog, according to police.

Antonio Gordon, 31, is accused of domestic violence criminal threatening, obstructing the report of a crime and cruelty to animals stemming from an incident on Hancock Street on Wednesday morning, according to Bangor Police Sgt. Tim Cotton.

Officer Nick Huggins responded to the apartment and found Gordon and the victim. He learned the pair had an argument in a bedroom, according to Cotton.

“After this verbal and somewhat physical exchange, [Gordon] left the room and the victim placed a large bureau in front of her door in order to guarantee that [Gordon] would not return,” Cotton said in a statement.

After Gordon left the residence, the victim discussed what occurred with another person at the residence. Gordon returned shortly after, and Cotton said he apparently had been listening to the conversation from the other side of the door.

Gordon apparently called the woman a “cop caller” among other names and made motions indicating he was going to strike her, the sergeant said.

When one of the victim’s dogs started to bark at Gordon, he picked it up and choked it with his hands, according to Cotton, then punched the animal in the face as it began to yelp before he threw it over a balcony to the ground below.

The dog was not seriously injured, Cotton said; it landed in dense brush, which broke the fall.

Gordon also threatened to throw the woman’s cellphone over the balcony if she called police, Cotton said, and he did just that.

As a result of the investigation, Gordon was arrested and brought to Penobscot County Jail. He remained in county lockup Thursday.

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