AUGUSTA — Neighbors never heard a sound from Robert Horr’s apartment over the three days he was allegedly attacking his girlfriend.

Police said Horr held his 58-year-old girlfriend captive in the apartment they shared at 373 Water St. The woman told police she had been in a relationship with Horr for six months, during which time he repeatedly abused her.

Gary Mcallister, who lives in the same building, said he didn’t hear a thing. Neither did Tammie Strout, in the apartment next door.

Strout said she was surprised to hear Horr had been violent with the woman. She said the woman was “somewhat disabled” and had a difficult time getting around.

Strout said that all the times she met Horr, he acted like a gentleman.

“I can’t believe that happened,” Strout said. “I’ve met him and thought he was a perfect gentleman. For somebody to snap like that, I just couldn’t believe it.”

Police said Horr, 50, drank a gallon of coffee brandy Monday and repeatedly kicked and punched the woman, held her captive in a back bedroom of the apartment and wouldn’t allow her to go near any windows or doors.

Horr was arrested Tuesday and arranged on Wednesday via video in Waterville District Court.

Augusta police Lt. Christopher Read said Horr’s bail was set at $50,000 cash. A condition of the bail prevents him from returning to his apartment.

An official at Kennebec County Correctional Facility said Horr was still in custody Friday. Horr’s next court date has yet to be set, according to the official.

At his arraignment Wednesday, Horr was charged with criminal restraint; aggravated assault; and domestic violence terrorizing. Somerset County Superior Court also issued a warrant revoking Horr’s probation, which governed Horr’s behavior after a felony conviction for operating a vehicle after his license had been revoked.

Horr’s victim said she was held against her will over a three-day period, during which time she said Horr repeatedly beat her, inflicting injuries that included a broken arm.

Augusta police Officer Nathan Walker said the woman stated that Horr kicked her while she was sitting on the floor. She tried to protect herself by curling up into a fetal position, Walker said. While pretending to sleep, she said Horr used her legs to snuff out his cigarettes.

Walker wrote in an affidavit filed in Kennebec County Superior Court that Horr told the woman on Tuesday that he was going to poke out her eyes and feed them to her.

She escaped when Horr fell asleep.


Mechele Cooper — 621-5663

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