Half-dressed woman allegedly harasses neighbor, puts up fight on way to jail

By Tanya Mitchell | Jun 09, 2014
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Belfast — A Belfast woman is facing several charges after officers were called to her residence on two occasions early Monday morning, June 9, because she was allegedly harassing a neighbor in various states of undress.

Cassandra Lucas, 22, of Belfast, was arrested on charges of terrorizing, assault, disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest or detention following the alleged incidents.

Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said Belfast officers responded to a complaint from a resident on Ryan Road who stated Lucas was outside knocking on their door at about 1 a.m. Monday morning.

"She went to the neighbor's house and was banging on the door and yelling at them," said Cunningham.

When officers arrived, Cunningham said Lucas appeared to be undressed from the waist down. As officer approached, Lucas reportedly went back inside her apartment, shut the door and turned out all the lights.

"She wouldn't answer the door," said Cunningham.

The officers, who saw some movement through a window, spoke to Lucas from outside her apartment and instructed her to remain inside her own apartment for the remainder of the night. Cunningham said Lucas yelled back at the officers and called them a few names, but she appeared to be heeding their advice so the officers left the residence.

A short time later, Cunningham said, the officers were called back to Ryan Road because the same neighbor called police to report that Lucas was again causing a ruckus outside the apartment building.

"This time she was running around in a sheet," said Cunningham.

When the officers tried to detain Lucas, Cunningham said she resisted and at one point banged her own head against the cage in the back of the police cruiser. Lucas was then combative with staff at Waldo County General Hospital and threw a bloody towel at one of the officers, which Cunningham said led to the officers hogtying Lucas and placing her in the back seat so she could be transported to jail.

Cunningham said Lucas was apparently intoxicated at the time of the alleged incident, but when asked why Lucas was harassing her neighbor Cunningham said, "no one seems to know."

Police had to contact Lucas' relatives to find someone who could care for Lucas' young child, who was asleep on the couch during the events of the morning. Cunningham said he forwarded a copy of the police report to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Lucas is scheduled to appear at 5th District Court in Belfast Tuesday, July 22.

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