2018-01-12 / Front Page

Shapleigh suspect faces domestic assault charge

Senior Staff Writer

SHAPLEIGH — A 28-year-old Shapleigh man remained at York County Jail this morning, held on a misdemeanor domestic violence assault charge after he allegedly beat up his girlfriend Wednesday night.

The woman fled from the home they shared and called the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff William King said Nicholas Tapscott was arrested without incident after initially not responding to orders from police that he leave the residence. 

Deputies were called at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday by a woman reporting that she had been assaulted by Tapscott earlier in the evening.

“The woman stated she was forced to flee their shared Shapleigh residence on Back Road because of the physical violence,” King wrote in a news release issued shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday. “The victim reported she was strangled and thrown against a wall, but did not require medical treatment. The victim was concerned because Nicholas had taken several firearms from the house and made comments about driving around to 'kill people' and also made some threatening, nonspecific comments about the police.”

King said that while some deputies were taking a report from the victim, others went to the area to locate Tapscott.  

“At 9 p.m., deputies located his vehicle at the residence (it is uncertain if he ever left),” King wrote. “After several unsuccessful attempts to contact him by telephone, Tapscott was eventually contacted via a cruiser public-address system and ordered out of his house where he was arrested without incident.”

In a telephone interview Thursday morning, King said Tapscott is initially charged with Class D misdemeanor domestic violence assault.

He said deputies seized two firearms from the house and released them to other family members for safekeeping. 

Tapscott remains incarcerated at York County Jail pending his initial court appearance set for later today — King said no bail is allowed for those charged with domestic violence assault.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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