Rockland man accused of trying to strangle woman

By Stephen Betts | May 24, 2019
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Rockland — A 33-year-old Rockland man is behind bars, accused of trying to strangle a woman Thursday night, May 23.

Calvin Elwell was arrested early Friday morning and charged with Class B domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal restraint, obstructing the report of a crime or injury, and violating a condition of release, Rockland Police Sgt. Andrew Redden said.

Police received a call shortly before 11:30 p.m. Thursday of a domestic disturbance on Hall's Lane.

When officers arrived, a woman reported that Elwell had assaulted her and tried to strangle her. He grabbed her phone when she tried to call police and placed her in a choke hold to the point that she could not breathe, Redden said.

She was eventually able to get away, ran outside and called police.

Elwell was found unconscious in the basement, where he had barricaded himself. The sergeant said alcohol consumption is believed to have been involved.

Elwell was taken by Rockland Emergency Medical Services to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. He was arrested at the hospital and at 7 a.m. Friday taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.

No bail has been set and he will be held until his initial appearance next week at the Knox County Court.

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