FAIRFIELD — A 44-year-old man was arrested Sunday night for a June incident in which he allegedly kicked his way into his former wife’s home and locked bedroom, punching her and then — when she tried to scream — forcing her to swallow his wedding ring.

Darryl Alan Roberts, of Fairfield, is also accused of calling the woman 16 times in three hours to make threats on her life.

“Obviously any type of domestic violence assault is very serious, and this was elevated, and the victim was truly scared for her life,” Fairfield Police Chief John Emery said.

Roberts is charged with four felonies: aggravated criminal trespassing, domestic violence assault and two counts of domestic violence terrorizing.

He was also arrested on a probation revocation warrant and probation hold and is being held at Somerset County Jail without bail.

The charges stem from the night of Wednesday, June 23, when Roberts, the alleged victim and another woman gathered to have drinks in Waterville, Emery said. The three of them then traveled together to a pub in Bangor.

When Roberts got upset with his former wife, she and the other woman left him there and went home, Emery said.

Between 12:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 24, he allegedly called the woman 16 times, threatening to harm her. At 4:17 a.m., she was awakened to him kicking in her front door. He then forced his way into her locked bedroom, Emery said.

He reportedly grabbed her by the throat and punched her in the head, Emery said.

“She opened her mouth to scream, but he held her mouth open and shoved his wedding band into her mouth, cutting the inside of the mouth, and then held her mouth and nose until she swallowed the ring. Then he continued to punch her in the head and neck,” Emery said. He then threatened to kill her if she told police, Emery said.

Roberts allegedly fled before police arrived. While police looked for him, he called the woman several times and continued to terrorize her, Emery said.

A police officer called him. Roberts said he would turn himself in, but never did, according to police.

A warrant was issued for his arrest. Officers Casey Dugas and Jake Pierce arrested him at 7:54 p.m. on Sunday at a residence on Skowhegan Road in Fairfield, “without incident,” Emery said.

While rescue personnel were called to treat the injured woman, she refused medical attention, Emery said.

Emery did not have details, but said Roberts has a criminal history.

According to Morning Sentinel archives, Roberts was arrested in Oct. 2009 in Vassalboro on a charge of criminal mischief; arrested in Dec. 2009 in Vassalboro on charges of violating conditions of release and refusing to submit to arrest; and arrested in Jan. 2010 in Waterville on a charge of assault.

Erin Rhoda — 474-9534

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