AUGUSTA — A city man with a criminal record was held without bail after he was arrested Saturday morning after allegedly assaulting his estranged wife in a Mount Vernon Avenue apartment.

Aaron Michael Tardiff, 27, of Gage Street, faces a felony burglary charge along with misdemeanor charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, assault, possession of marijuana and violating a condition of release.

Augusta Police Sgt. Danny Boivin said Tardiff went to his estranged wife’s apartment on Mount Vernon Avenue, where he forced himself into the unit. Inside, he assaulted her and “made some threats to her and her new boyfriend,” Boivin said. She was not hurt, he said.

Police responded to a report of a disturbance at the apartment at 1:44 a.m. When they got there, Boivin said Tardiff assaulted an officer, who was not injured. He said police also found marijuana on Tardiff, who was being held at the Kennebec County jail on Saturday afternoon without bail.

Tardiff has a long criminal history. In 2013, he was arrested after police said he and an accomplice broke into a Chapel Street apartment to assault a man who had a relationship with a woman with whom Tardiff had a past relationship. Later that year, he was convicted of aggravated criminal trespass in connection with that incident and sentenced to 43 days in jail.

He was given six months in jail in 2010 after convictions for burglary, theft and other crimes. The next year, he got 21 days in jail after violating release conditions. Then, in 2012, he was given a suspended sentence and two years of probation for burglary and theft. He was arrested again in 2012 on a warrant.

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