BELFAST, Maine — A man accused of beating a woman with a 5-foot metal pipe and threatening to drown her in a bathtub was among the people indicted on criminal charges last week by the Waldo County grand jury.
Colby M. Corriveau, 20, of Belfast came to the attention of police at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 3, when dispatchers received a phone call from a woman whispering she needed to report domestic abuse and that officers couldn’t tell him she had called or it would be bad for her, according to a report filed at Belfast District Court. Sgt. John Gibbs of the Belfast Police Department was met in the driveway of the West Swanville Road residence by Corriveau, who allegedly said he and the woman had had an argument, but that it was no big deal.
Gibbs went toward the house and was met on the back porch by a woman who was bleeding from the nose, had visible scrapes on her body and whose clothes were soaking wet, according to the report. When he asked her what had happened, she allegedly said that Corriveau had gotten into her phone and became upset.
The woman reportedly told police that Corriveau hit her with a 5-foot metal conduit pipe, and that she thought her thumb might have been broken. She said she ran upstairs to get away from Corriveau and because she thought she might throw up, according to the report. He allegedly followed her into the bathroom and told her he was going to kill her.
“She said that he began filling the tub, telling her he was going to drown her,” Gibbs said in the report. “He was holding her over the tub, repeatedly splashing bloody water in her face so that she could not breathe. She was crying and told me that she really thought he was going to drown her in the tub.”
Corriveau heard a car outside and ran out of the bathroom because he thought it would be the police, the woman reportedly said. It wasn’t, but it gave her the chance to call for help, according to the report. The officer asked her if she had been assaulted in the past, and she allegedly said it had occurred many times, but when the police were called she didn’t tell them anything. She reportedly told Gibbs the worst assault occurred when she was in her seventh month of pregnancy.
When the officer interviewed Corriveau, he allegedly said he “mentally broke” and that he believes he did something awful, though he denied attempting to drown the woman.
Corriveau was indicted by the grand jury on charges of Class B felony aggravated assault, Class D terrorizing and Class D domestic violence assault. His bail was set at $2,500 cash, and he is not allowed to contact the woman.
Also indicted were:
Christopher W. Cunningham, 29, Burnham, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence terrorizing, criminal cruelty to animals.
Jamie M. Freeman, 30, Brooks, unlawful trafficking of oxycodone.
Jesse T. Grinnell, 27, Lincolnville, receiving stolen property, forgery, violation of conditions of release.
Levi Mason, 38, Vassalboro, eluding an officer, unauthorized use of property.
Angela M. Patterson, 39, Brooks, aggravated trafficking in oxycodone.
Brian M. Rafuse, 52, Montville, unlawful possession of oxycodone.
Samantha E. Rancourt, 38, Searsport, aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, criminal operating under the influence, violation of conditions of release.
Bobbie Lee Rushlow, 33, Belfast, theft by unauthorized taking.
Joe-Pete Saucier, 39, Belfast, aggravated assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
Melinda Way, 38, Northport, unlawful trafficking of marijuana, unlawful possession of klonopin, violation of conditions of release.
Jason L. Young, 42, Swanville, failure to report.
Jonathan Coutts, 31, Holden, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, criminal mischief.
Adam J. Littlefield, 31, Belfast, operating after revocation, violation of conditions of release.
Shawn M. O’Brien, 31, Belfast, aggravated assault, domestic violence assault.