Portland man faces assault charges after woman sprayed with lighter fluid

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CARRABASSETT VALLEY —  Police said a Portland man faces charges after he sprayed lighter fluid on his girlfriend Wednesday evening and chased her with a lighter in front of a 9-year-old.

Tristan Cuthbert, 42, was charged with domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening and criminal mischief, Carrabassett Valley Police Chief Mark Lopez said.

Police were called to a Boynton Avenue residence about 6:14 p.m. to find the woman and her daughter outside and Cuthbert inside the rental property.

The woman told Officer Ethan Boyd that Cuthbert had sprayed her with the lighter fluid and chased her with a lighter.  She was not set on fire, Lopez said.

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The criminal mischief charge is for damaging her car.

Cuthbert was taken to Franklin County Detention Center in Farmington where he remained Thursday.

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