A 33-year-old Mapleton man is behind bars after being arrested on domestic violence charges.

Aroostook County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to High Street in Mapleton last Wednesday afternoon, following a report that Matthew Chapman, of Mapleton, was threatening people at a home he shared with his girlfriend and several children.

Aroostook County Sheriff's Office

Chapman left before Deputies arrived.  Witnesses reported that Chapman’s girlfriend and several family members were in the process of moving the girlfriend’s possessions out of the home when Chapman arrived, started an altercation with them, and made violent threats against the girlfriend’s mother. Witnesses reported that Chapman drove toward Ashland when he left.

Further investigation revealed that Chapman had assaulted the girlfriend, in front of two children, earlier in the week. At the request of Deputies, Ashland Police located Chapman’s truck and detained him pending their arrival. Deputies arrested Chapman and charged him with domestic assault and terrorizing. He was transported to the county jail.

Chapman made an initial appearance before District Court Judge David Soucy on Friday. Judge Soucy set Chapman’s bail at $500 cash and also restricted Chapman’s contact with the alleged victim and other family members. Chapman will also be prohibited from possessing firearms and must submit to random searches for firearms. He will also be required to have a Maine Pre-Trial supervision contract. Chapman remains at the county jail at this time.

If convicted, Chapman could face up to a year in jail.