LOWELL -- After her allegedly abusive boyfriend took her cellphone, a 31-year-old Lowell woman used Facebook to ask for help for her and her three children.
Lowell police responded Wednesday night to a Bridge Street address to check on the welfare of a city woman who reached out to a friend on Facebook, according to court documents. The friend called police.
In Lowell District Court on Thursday, Jacob Young, 27, of Lowell, was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing next Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery, and intimidation of a witness.
When police arrived at the apartment at 9 p.m., they knocked on the apartment door and said they heard a man, Jacob Young, yelling about someone calling the police and a woman saying it wasn't her. Then the apartment went silent. Fearing the worst, police broke the door to enter the apartment.
Police found Young, his girlfriend and three young children, ages 11, 10, and five, sitting on the floor in a rear bedroom. When police separated Young from the others, the girlfriend immediately began crying and told police Young allegedly assaulted her.
The victim told police Young began an argument with her that escalated to the point where he began to pull her hair, punch her in the head and torso and kick her, according to court documents. Police said they saw bruising on the victim's arm and redness on her chest, arms and face, documents state.
She told police the alleged assault took place in front of her children, all of whom told police they saw Young strike their mother.
When police knocked on the door, Young took the victim's cellphone and demanded she be quiet and not call police for help.
The victim told police Young has a history of allegedly abusing her and has a pending case for holding her hostage at gunpoint during a domestic incident. She alleges Young is controlling and takes her money to prevent her from leaving him.
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