WASHINGTON — An Augusta man was arrested Sunday evening, April 24, accused of trying to strangle another man and threatening to kill him.

Raymond Bowman, 55, was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Class B aggravated assault, and misdemeanor charges of criminal threatening, terrorizing, and violating a condition of release.

The offenses occurred March 28 in Washington, according to the affidavit filed in the Knox County court by Lt. Reginald Walker.

According to the affidavit, the victim had said a vehicle transmission was stolen. He asked another person whether Bowman stole it. Later, Bowman confronted the victim and grabbed him by the throat, saying he did not want to be accused of a crime. The victim had been carrying a chainsaw and Bowman turned it on and pressed it toward the man’s face who said he was barely able to keep it from cutting his face.

Bowman told the man he had nothing to live for if he was charged again because he had pending felony charges. Bowman also said he would kill people, including the victim, if the incident was reported to police and he faced going back to jail.

Police said there were strangulation marks on the victim’s throat and the victim said he had difficulty breathing and nearly passed out during the incident.

Bowman was scheduled for court appearances in Waldo County and Kennebec County for other offenses and asked the court, prior to his being located and arrested for the new charges, that the arrest warrant be recalled and simply allow him to make an initial appearance in Knox County. That request was rejected by the court.