Police say Rockland man choked woman, had illegal stash of guns

By Stephen Betts | Feb 08, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts

Rockland — A Rockland man was arrested Friday morning, Feb. 8, after police said he tried to strangle a woman.

Paul S. Douglas, 55, of Rankin Street, was also charged with possessing a bag full of guns. He was prohibited from having weapons because of a prior felony conviction for aggravated assault.

Rockland police charged Douglas with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, domestic violence criminal threatening, domestic violence terrorizing and violation of a condition of release.

The victim in the assault case told police that Douglas was angry because her friends had arranged a birthday party for her, but he was not invited, according to the affidavit filed in Knox County court by police.

She said Douglas grabbed her by the throat and pushed her against the wall. The officer noted in the affidavit that the woman had red marks on her throat.

The woman also acknowledged to the officer that this was at least the 10th time that Douglas had tried to strangle her. She said she almost passed out one time, and he told her that if she called police, he would kill her before officers arrived, according to the affidavit.

Douglas was arrested. Officers found that Douglas had a duffel bag in the house which contained three revolvers and multiple different rounds of ammunition.

Douglas made his initial appearance on the new charges Friday in Knox County court. Judge Paul Mathews ordered him held without bail, since he was already on bail for a pending operating under the influence.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Ananur Forma | Feb 08, 2019 21:43

very scary.............

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Feb 08, 2019 14:41

He should be put away for life as far as I am concerned. A repeat offender, and really, you let him off with a sort of slap of the hand?

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