May 26, 2019
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Bail set at $50,000 in ‘absolutely terrifying’ domestic violence incident

Penobscot County Jail | BDN
Penobscot County Jail | BDN
Rahsaan White

A judge set bail on Tuesday at $50,000 for a former Brewer man who fled Maine after allegedly threatening to kill his former girlfriend by burning her house down.

Rahsaan White, 41, is charged with aggravated criminal mischief and domestic violence criminal threatening, both Class C crimes, in November. He was not asked to enter pleas to the charges because he has not been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury.

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White began threatening his ex-girlfriend less than a month after he completed a 10-month prison sentence for domestic violence assault on the same woman, the assistant district attorney for Penobscot County who is prosecuting the case, Suzanne Russell, told Superior Court Justice William Anderson.

In addition to threatening her, White allegedly splattered gasoline inside her home in anticipation of setting it ablaze on Nov. 26.

“From the affidavit, there is probable cause to believe this conduct was absolutely terrifying,” Anderson said in setting the high bail.

White fled the state after he learned Brewer police wanted to question him. He was arrested a few days after the incident in Memphis, Tennessee, but refused to waive extradition. White arrived at the Penobscot County Jail on Saturday afternoon, according to the intake log.

White is next due in court April 9.

If convicted, White faces up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000 on each count.

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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