Waterville police arrested a man Saturday for an alleged “strong-arm” robbery, saying he took a coat that had money in it from a person by force.

Charles Bellows, 21, is alleged to have taken the coat and money from a person near the corner of Water Street and Gray Street, said Sgt. Lincoln Ryder, of the Waterville Police Department. While investigating the robbery report, police also learned of an alleged domestic violence incident involving Bellows.

Ryder said the victim had minor injures, but nothing that required medical treatment. Ryder could not release details about the person who reported being robbed, including whether he or she had a connection to Bellows. The amount of money involved was not disclosed.

Ryder said police found probable cause to pursue Bellows, and the investigation came to include the with Oakland Police Department. Bellows was found and arrested Saturday at Brickett Point Estates in Oakland.

Bellows faces a class A charge of robbery, which carries a penalty of up to 30 years of incarceration. Bellows also was charged with violating conditions of his release and with class C domestic violence terrorizing. Ryder said the terrorizing charge stems from a separate allegation police learned about while investigating the robbery.

Ryder said the robbery charges and domestic violence charges involve different people. In Maine, the charge of domestic violence terrorizing alleges that the person charged communicates that he or she will commit a violent crime against a family or household member that would endanger that person’s life.

Bellows was held without bail on a probation hold at the Kennebec County jail. He has a scheduled court date of Feb. 10.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252

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