Police continue to search for a Rome man they say tried to strangle his girlfriend with a shoelace before threatening her teenage daughter with a knife.

Ronald Willey, 28, is wanted on charges of aggravated assault and terrorizing, Capt. Daniel Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department said.

Kennebec County Sheriff Deputy Jeremy Day responded to a domestic violence complaint shortly before 11 a.m., Sunday at the Watson Pond Road home of Cher Simon.

“She had visible signs of injury consistent with an assault,” Davies said. “Simon reluctantly identified her boyfriend, Ronald Willey, as her attacker.”

Simon claimed she had been knocked unconscious when Willey strangled her with a shoelace during the attack, Davies said.

“Willey allegedly threatened Simon and her 13-year-old daughter with a knife…before fleeing the home,” Davies said.

Simon went to an area hospital after the attack but she left before emergency room doctors could evaluate her, Davies said.

“Simon failed to disclose her attacker at the time of the emergency room visit,” Davies said.
Neither Simon nor her daughter suffered permanent injuries.

Police have been unable to locate Willey, who is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. Willey has brown hair and blue eyes. His known addresses include Simon’s Watson Road home and 247 Water Street in Randolph.

The Kennebec Journal incorrectly reported in Tuesday’s police log on page B3 that Willey had been arrested over the weekend.

Davies asked anyone with information on Willey’s whereabouts to call the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office at 623-3614 or 621-0166.

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