A 44-year-old Vinalhaven man had bail set at $2,500 cash July 22 at an initial appearance in court following his arrest for choking a juvenile and threatening to "bash in" a woman's head.

Just prior to midnight July 21, Knox County Deputy Sheriff Justin Hills responded to a domestic complaint on Vinalhaven. The complainant said she was walking home when a juvenile approached her pleading for help because the defendant, Jeremy Vandyne, and a woman were fighting. The juvenile stated Vandyne tried to choke him, according to a press release from the sheriff's office. Vandyne told police he felt disrespected in his home, and did not want anybody to be hurt. He admitted to pushing the woman to the ground, but denied putting a chokehold on the juvenile.

Hills arrived at the residence and spoke with the woman about the incident. Vandyne was not at the residence at the time, but showed up a short time later. The victim stated she had been thrown down twice onto the floor and threatened with having her “head bashed in" by Vandyne, the release said.

Vandyne had a cut on his hand from a knife that was involved in the altercation, when one of the victims grabbed it for protection because he was afraid of the defendant, according to the affidavit.

The police reported there was blood on the walls and doors of the house.

Vandyne is charged with three domestic violence charges of assault and criminal threatening and aggravated assault. He was transported to Knox County Jail with the assistance of the Maine Marine Patrol.