Connecticut man arrested after allegedly assaulting Veazie women


By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted April 10, 2014, at 7:38 p.m.

 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.

Internet crime resourse


Veazie police solve anonymous cyber-bullying case

VEAZIE, Maine — A former Orono High School student is facing felony terrorizing and harassment by electronic communication charges after posting dozens of threatening, anonymous messages on an Internet account of a former classmate she thought was flirting with her boyfriend, according to Veazie police.

Although the Bangor Daily News usually does not identify crime victims, Orono High School sophomore Alexis Henkel, 15, her parents, Norbert and Judy Henkel, and her twin brother, Austin, agreed to talk publicly about what they’ve experienced in the hope of educating others about the impact that cyberbullying has on those who become targets.

The alleged cyberbully — a 16-year-old girl who used to go to Orono High School with the victim but now attends a high school in southern Maine — was charged with the offenses on Nov. 1 by Veazie police Sgt. Keith Emery.

“I’ve handled harassment calls for 24 years and have never seen threats as violent, disgusting and vulgar as these,” Emery said of the anonymous posts, which began appearing on the victim’s Tumblr blog account in late September.

Full Bangor Daily News story here