Police say man tried to strangle woman in Rockland

By Stephen Betts | May 08, 2017
David Ames

Rockland — Bail was set Monday at $10,000 cash for a Cushing man accused of trying to strangle a woman earlier in the day in Rockland.

David G. Ames, 49, made his initial appearance May 8 in Knox County Unified Court on a charge of Class A aggravated assault. Judge Susan Sparaco agreed to set bail at $10,000 cash, as requested by Assistant Attorney General John Risler.

Ames remains at the Knox County Jail in Rockland. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 8.

According to an affidavit filed in court by Rockland police, the woman said Ames, her live-in boyfriend, began yelling at her after he had been drinking. He grabbed her, was squeezing her neck with his hands, and smashing her head to the floor.

The woman's teenage daughter smashed a glass plate over Ames' head to stop his attack, according to the affidavit. Rockland police were called to the Second Street residence shortly before 3 a.m.

The woman suffered injuries that included a broken nose, a cut and swelling to her head, as well as other facial injuries. She also had broken blood vessels in her eye from the attempted strangulation, according to the affidavit.

She was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

Ames denied trying to strangle the woman and told police she must have suffered the injuries after he fell on her when he was struck by the plate, according to the affidavit.

The aggravated assault charge was elevated from a Class B to a Class A because he had prior domestic violence convictions from 2014.

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