Connecticut man arrested after allegedly assaulting Veazie women

VEAZIE, Maine — A Connecticut man was arrested Thursday morning on assault and other charges after he allegedly assaulted two Veazie women Wednesday night at a Thompson Road apartment building.

Charged with two counts of assault and one count each of burglary and criminal mischief was Rike Guerrier, 24, of Bridgeport, Conn., Veazie police Officer Brian Nichols said Thursday.

Nichols said that the charges stem from an incident that occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, when he was called to 5 Thompson Road for a “wanted out” complaint.

When he arrived, Nichols learned that Guerrier, who left before Nichols arrived, allegedly had assaulted two women who both live in the building but in separate apartments. The woman at whose apartment the assaults occurred had met the suspect through Penobscot Job Corps and recently reconnected with him through Facebook, Nichols said.

Nichols said that Guerrin reportedly forced his way into the the woman’s apartment and tackled the woman, punching her several times. The other woman, who was visiting, was shoved across the room and punched when she tried to intervene, he said.

The woman with whom Guerrier was acquainted locked herself in the bathroom but Guerrier managed to get in, break her cell phone and put it in the toilet, Nichols said.

A search of the area and nearby woods late Wednesday and early Thursday failed to turn up Guerrier. He was arrested Thursday morning after he was spotted on School Street by Veazie police Officer Roger Hershey, Nichols said. He said police had a detailed description of the suspect, who was wearing the same clothes he had on during the alleged assaults.

Guerrier remained at Penobscot County Jail on Thursday night, a jail official confirmed.