AUGUSTA — Police arrested a Lewiston man on several charges Wednesday after a woman approached a worker at Walmart to say she was being kidnapped.

The woman, also from the Lewiston area, told a worker at the Augusta store around 5 p.m. that she was being kidnapped and asked employees to call the police, which they did, according to Augusta Sgt. Vicente Morris.

Police arrived at the store, but the couple had fled the area in a vehicle.

Morris located and stopped the couple in a vehicle on Interstate 95 headed south near exit 109.

The woman said she had been assaulted by the man in Augusta and elsewhere.

The man, Assama-vi Koumou-Nete, 27, of Lewiston, was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault, with priors, obstructing the report of a crime, criminal mischief, violating conditions of release and on a probation hold.

Morris said the man had recently been released from jail, and a condition of release was having no contact with the woman who was with him.

Morris said whether the woman was kidnapped will be the subject of further investigation. Additional charges are possible, he said.

Morris said the woman was unharmed. He said the couple are not married but do have a domestic relationship.

Koumou-Nete was taken to Kennebec County jail and ordered held without bail.

Keith Edwards — 621-5647

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Twitter: @kedwardskj


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