AUGUSTA, Maine — A man from Oregon is facing multiple charges in Maine after police said he allegedly sexually assaulted and strangled his girlfriend in a hotel room in Augusta while their child was present during a trip to Maine in January.
Lieutenant Nyberg with the Augusta Police Department tells NEWS CENTER, Maine, that Damian E. Sanchez sexually assaulted his girlfriend and then hit her in the head with a beer bottle before strangling her at the Super 8 hotel in Augusta around 1:00 a.m., on January 24.
The couple traveled to Maine to look for housing, Nyberg said.
The victim was able to get help after a friend who was staying at the same hotel called the police, Augusta Police Sergeant Anthony Drouin said.
Sanchez then fled to Oregon but was later arrested by Maine police who traveled out there to get him, Drouin added.
Sanchez is facing multiple charges including gross sexual assault, aggravated assault, and theft.
As of October 30, he was at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility awaiting trial.
We do not have information on a trial date.