Wednesday, June 19, 2013
By Craig Crosby firstname.lastname@example.org
FARMINGDALE -- A local couple is facing charges after reportedly beating a family member bloody Monday inside a Bowman Street home.
Mallory Cote, 22, and her fiancé, William E. Blodgett, 20, were each charged with aggravated assault in connection with an attack on Cote's uncle, Randall Wright. Cote also was charged with failure to provide a correct name, address and date of birth, and possession of marijuana after the drug was discovered in her bra during a search at the jail.
Police were called to the home Cote and Blodgett share at 210 Bowman St. about 10 p.m. Monday. The caller, subsequently identified as Cote, told dispatchers that a man named John had assaulted Wright and run from the home, Kennebec County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Pierce said in an affidavit filed in Kennebec County Superior Court.
Cote met Pierce and Kennebec County Sheriff Deputy Michael Dutil at the door and identified herself as Melissa Choate and provided a date of birth.
"She escorted us to a bedroom where we observed Randall Wright covered in blood and had visible lacerations to his face and extremities," Pierce wrote.
Cote's 17-year-old brother, who was tending to Wright's injuries when deputies arrived, told Pierce that his sister and Blodgett had assaulted Wright.
"I asked where Mallory Cote was and (her brother) told me that the female who brought us into the bedroom was his sister," Pierce wrote.
Blodgett, deputies learned, fled on foot when Cote called for help. Kennebec County Sheriff Corp. G.J. Neagle and his dog, Dracco, found Blodgett hiding in the woods behind the home, Pierce said.
As Wright waited outside for an ambulance Pierce talked to Mallory Cote. She again said her name was Melissa Choate, but provided a different birth date. Cote later gave her real name and birth date and said she was wanted on warrants, Pierce said. She was issued two warrants charging failure to pay fines.
Cote, during an interview at the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office, originally claimed a neighbor had assaulted Wright.
"After several questions, Mallory told me that she and Wright got into a verbal argument and they both pushed each other," Pierce wrote. "Blodgett witnessed this and began to assault Wright. Mallory Cote said that she also assaulted Wright and encouraged Blodgett to continue to assault Wright."
Blodgett said after witnessing the argument between Cote he began to punch Wright. Blodgett said he "kicked Wright several times to prevent him from standing up," Pierce wrote.
Cote and Blodgett were being held Tuesday at the Kennebec County jail on State Street. Cote's bail was set at $500 and Blodgett at $1,000 during an initial court appearance Tuesday.