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Bangor man accused of assaulting, severely injuring pregnant woman

Penobscot County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Penobscot County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Joshua Cole
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local man is facing multiple charges after an alleged assault on a pregnant woman early Monday morning, according to police.

The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Josh Cole, 34, began at 2:15 a.m. when police were sent to an Essex Street residence to investigate an assault, according to Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton.

When officers arrived, police found a conscious but severely injured woman lying in a hallway of the apartment house, Cotton said. Police were able to get the victim to an ambulance.

At the time, Cole was inside his apartment but refused to speak with police, the sergeant said.

“The suspect would not answer the door and would only yell from the interior of his apartment,” Cotton said.

Shortly before 4 a.m., Bangor police’s Special Response Team and crisis negotiators were called in, but before they could negotiate, Cole opened his door and an officer used a Taser on him, Cotton said.

Cole was charged with elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person, aggravated assault on a witness who tried to stop the initial assault and simple assault on another witness who attempted to intervene, the sergeant said.

Cole was brought to Penobscot County Jail after his arrest.

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