A Belfast man with a history of domestic violence will spend seven months in jail after assaulting a woman with whom he lived last fall and then hiding in a large pile of clothes in the closet when police went looking for him.
Ultimately, Belfast police ordered Lucas Perrigo, 35, out of the pile of clothes at gunpoint when they saw a “small piece of skin” under the heap, according to a police report from the Sept. 23 assault.
Perrigo pleaded guilty last week to domestic violence assault and criminal mischief at Waldo County Superior Court.
According to the police report filed at Waldo County court, Perrigo and his girlfriend were living above the Family Dollar store in Belfast when the assault happened. The woman went into the store and reported a domestic violence incident at her apartment, and when the officers arrived, they found the woman visibly upset and shaken.
She told police that she had been sleeping when Perrigo turned loud music on inside the apartment and woke her up. She told her boyfriend, who was intoxicated, according to the report, that he needed to be quiet, but he began to tip over her furniture and break her things instead of quieting down.
She told police she slapped him in the face to get him to stop, but he did not, pulling her down to the floor. She also told police he grabbed her wrists and grabbed her by the hood on her sweatshirt when she was trying to go down the stairs, eventually pulling her across the floor by her hood.
Belfast police officers went upstairs to talk to Perrigo, and found items that had been thrown down the stairs, but did not initially find him. The bedroom door was locked, and Sgt. Brian Lunt kicked in the door, according to the report.
Officers initially did not see him, but noticed the large pile of clothes in the closet and ordered him out of the pile. Police asked him why he was hiding, and he said he didn’t know.
After a short conversation, officers placed him under arrest and brought him to the jail, where he was charged with Class C domestic violence assault and domestic violence criminal mischief because of the broken items, which included a table, chair, cat house and a stair tread.
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