FARMINGTON — A Franklin County judge has set a $250,000 cash bail for the Carthage man who is charged with attempted murder following an alleged domestic violence assault involving his girlfriend.

Benjamin Bowie II, 47, of Judkins Road, was charged with the class A felony count as well as a class B charge of aggravated assault, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.

Bowie, appearing by video from the Franklin County Jail, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Farmington District Court. Bowie’s attorney, Thomas Carey, reserved the right to argue bail. Judge Charles Dow set bail as requested by District Attorney Joshua Robbins.

Bowie did not enter a plea Wednesday during his initial appearance in court. A police affidavit in support of the attempted murder charge was not available Wednesday.

Wells police arrested Bowie around 1 p.m. Tuesday at the home of a relative in that community, where he was found to be staying.

The incident began early Sunday morning, when Deputy Andrew Morgan responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at 27 Francis Place in Carthage. There, a woman said a young woman, whom she knew to be Bowie’s girlfriend, showed up at her house naked and bleeding from the neck, police said.

The victim’s injuries required her to be taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for surgery. Her condition was not immediately available Wednesday.

According to police, Morgan was told that Bowie and the victim had been traveling from Rumford in Bowie’s pickup truck when a dispute occurred. The dispute became heated and Bowie allegedly grabbed the victim by the hair and slammed her head through the passenger window, which cut her neck and resulted in a severe injury.

Police announced Monday that Bowie was wanted and authorities were searching for him in connection with the assault.

Lauren Abbate — 861-9252

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