A man from Albion was arrested Tuesday night, Feb. 15, after he allegedly forced his way into a male relative’s residence and reportedly assaulted him.

James T. McGarey, 39, was charged with aggravated assault, burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief following the alleged altercation, which reportedly took place at about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said McGarey showed up at the apartment because there was a woman there whom he knew.

“[The victim and the woman] wouldn’t open the door for [McGarey], and they told him to go away,” said Cunningham. “Then he broke through the door and ended up punching [the male relative] in the face.”

Cunningham said McGarey struck the other man in the face at least 20 times, and while the victim had some bleeding and bruising from the alleged assault, he did not seek medical treatment for the wounds.

Cunningham said McGarey continued assaulting his relative until he learned police were on the way. At that time, Cunningham said, McGarey left the scene. McGarey later contacted police and reportedly admitted he assaulted the other man.

The woman who was at the apartment was not injured, Cunningham said.