BELFAST, Maine — A local man was arrested Tuesday on charges of domestic violence assault — even though the victim allegedly had told staff at Waldo County General Hospital that she suffered her injuries during an attempted mugging on Northport Avenue.
The woman and a friend said they had been walking down the road when a stranger tried to take her purse, Detective Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department said Wednesday.
“When he couldn’t get it, he punched her in the face, then he left,” Cunningham said, recounting the women’s story.
But Officer Dan Fitzpatrick found the tale so suspicious that he went to the victim’s home later that day and learned that something quite different had reportedly happened.
An argument had broken out at about 12:27 a.m. Tuesday between the victim and Kevin S. Gibbs, 29, apparently involving a child, Cunningham said.
Two witnesses said that during the argument, Gibbs reportedly punched the woman and pushed a 4-year-old child.
“Kevin balled up his fists and hit her, knocking her out,” Cunningham recounted from the witnesses’ report.
When officers interviewed Gibbs, he met them with a marijuana cigarette tucked behind his ear, Cunningham said.
Gibbs was arrested on two counts of domestic violence assault and charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana. He was taken to Waldo County Jail, where he was still in custody Wednesday afternoon.