April 25, 2018
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Warren man accused of threatening to ‘gut’ pair back in jail after police say he tried to strangle woman

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 46-year-old Warren man who was free on bail on charges that he threatened to gut a father and son is back in jail after police said he tried to strangle a woman he was prohibited from seeing.

Jason M. Baughman is scheduled to make an appearance in Rockland District Court on Wednesday afternoon on a motion to revoke his bail from the earlier criminal charges related to a June incident in Cushing.

Baughman was arrested Monday morning on Lincoln County warrants charging him with the new offenses of aggravated assault and violating a condition of release. He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and is being held without bail.

According to an affidavit filed in court, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded Aug. 9 to the Miles campus of Lincoln County Healthcare in Damariscotta for a report of a woman who had been injured in a domestic assault. The woman told the officer that Baughman had pulled her hair, slammed her around and tried to strangle her as the two were in a vehicle.

The officer observed bruises on her neck, according to the affidavit.

Baughman had been free on bail since June 4 after being charged with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, criminal threatening and criminal mischief. According to earlier police reports, Baughman had a dispute with a father and son, chasing them out of a house in Cushing while wielding a knife. The father and son took shelter in their pickup truck. Baughman slashed a tire and yelled that he was going to “gut them like a fish,” according to police.

Baughman was injured, however, when the father attempted to get away and hit the accelerator and pinned Baughman between the truck and another vehicle.

Baughman was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and then Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment of his injuries.

He was charged and bailed at the hospital. One of the conditions of bail was that he have no contact with a woman who witnessed the altercation and also is related to the father and son.

Baughman asked the court on July 2 to amend the bail condition so that he could have contact with the woman but his request was denied. He then hired attorney Walter McKee who filed another motion to amend bail to allow contact with the woman. A hearing on that motion was scheduled for Aug. 27.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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