Rumford man accused of threatening woman with knife

PARIS — A Rumford man accused of attacking a woman and holding a knife to her throat was being held on $250 bail Wednesday night at the Oxford County Jail.

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Arturo Sanchez

Arturo P. Sanchez, 49, of 323 Waldo St. in Rumford, was arrested at around 4 a.m. Tuesday on charges of criminal threatening and assault. A woman who was with him, Tammy Dureault, 42, was arrested on one count of disorderly conduct for allegedly attacking the same woman Sanchez is accused of threatening with a knife.

According to a report by Cpl. Lawrence Winson of the Rumford Police Department, a man and woman called police to say that a man had threatened them with a knife. When a friend came home to say he'd been threatened by two males on Waldo Street, the man and woman went to the Waldo Street address to find out what happened.

The two told Winson that Sanchez and Dureault came outside aggressively. Dureault is accused of attacking the female victim. Sanchez is accused of punching the female victim five times in the face before pulling a knife on her and holding it to her throat. The two ran to nearby Ralph's Store and called the police.

Sanchez is set to be arraigned in Oxford County Superior Court on March 5. Dureault is set to appear in Rumford District Court.

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

Here we go again.....

First of all, they should never have gone looking for this couple, they should have contacted police. That being said, maybe some good could come out of this. This guy deserves to be locked up, no bail, he's a menace to the town. Any so called man, who can exit a house and physically attack a woman under any circumstance, is dangerous. Having found his way to jail, he should be kept there, with significant bail. $250.00 doesn't cut it. This piece of scum is nothing more than a thug, a ticking time bomb. Keep him off the streets.........

RONALD RIML's picture

No Bail?? Your knowledge of the Bill of Rights stop at the.....

Second Amendment, Frank???


Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Bail is to ensure appearance in Court - the Judge or Magistrate figures that one out. In Maine it may also be a Bail Commissioner.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I can think of a better way...

I have a much better way to make sure someone appears in court, don't let them out in the first place. Ronald you were a cop, I was a bouncer for many years. Not quite a fair comparison, but there is a similarity. I have worked in Boston, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and finished my illustrious career at a little after hours club here in Maine. Now in twenty five plus years of dealing with drunk idiots (a favorite pastime), I have dealt with my fair share of violent individuals. I have sent people to the lock up, as well as the emergency room. A real bouncer does not condone physical force, but sometimes it comes down to self defense. I not only know how to handle but how it feels when a 6'2", 240 pound drunk fool comes at you with nothing but rage in their eye's. I trained years for that. How would a 5'2", 100 pound woman deal with that. The fact that he could do it once, leads me to believe he could do it as often as he likes. A $250.00 fine isn't much incentive to get someone back to court. Worst still, this guy is all set to go again. I really don't care what "Bail" is designed for, I just want these people out of commission as much as possible. I have a 28 year old daughter, I wouldn't want her on the receiving end of those five punches to the face. Second Amendment or not, the court needs to act to keep the trash away from innocent people....

RONALD RIML's picture

If you don't care about 'Bail'

Then you don't care about 'Law' nor the Constitution.

That tells me all I need to know about you, Frank.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I care about those things...

Next time you spend an entire night in a hospital room with a very close friend, who had both her eye's punched closed, Three teeth knocked out, and unconscious for two hours. By someone out on "Bail", you can explain how the Constitution and the Law could have helped her. You can preach law and order all you want, all the feel good laws in the world won't stop people from doing these things to each other. The only way you can actually stop this from happening is put bars between the perpetrators and the rest of the world.
Just this morning in a Massachusetts newspaper, there was an arrest notice for a simple assault, and assault with a dangerous weapon, a shod foot, the guy was released on $20,000.00 dollar cash bail. Those are the type of bails we need in Maine. How much you want to bet, he didn't get out within a couple of hours. You should know that bail can, and is used in many different ways. I like it to keep someone off the street for awhile. As long as they can't hurt someone, they won't....

RONALD RIML's picture

So we suspend the Constitution to make you feel better????

That's a Plan!!!!

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I'll just pretend...

I'll just pretend I'm a politician.......

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What a joke, $250.00 bail, probably right back ready to do it again.


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