WESTERLY — Police said a Pawcatuck man stole his ex-girlfriend's cellphone on Easter and used it to threaten a mutual friend. The police said the man, Bowman Jeffrey Regan, 38, of 35 Mechanic St., then drove to the friend's apartment and sawed through the door, removing his doorknob and deadbolt lock.

Regan was arraigned Monday in Fourth Division District Court on charges of domestic simple assault or battery, domestic disorderly conduct, vandalism and disorderly conduct. He pleaded not guilty and was released after posting a $3,000 surety bond.

As a condition of his release, Regan was issued no-contact orders and ordered to submit to pretrial court evaluation and monitoring for substance abuse and mental health.

Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said the charges stem from an incident that began when Regan met the woman at her home in Westerly, a day after they had broken up. At the end of their conversation, the police said, Regan grabbed her cellphone, pushed her away and ran out the front door.

Lacey said Regan then called the other man and threatened to kill him with a saw. Regan's former girlfriend drove after him, prompting several calls from motorists and pedestrians around 3 p.m. reporting two erratic drivers on Canal Street, the police said.

The woman flagged down an officer as he was searching for the vehicles told him about the threat, the police said. Officers went with the woman to the man's home on Spruce Street and found him out back, uninjured. Inside, the police said they found that Regan had taken a gas-powered chainsaw to the resident's door, cutting out a section of the door and clipping out the doorknob and lock in the process.

A short time later, Regan was stopped by a Westerly officer as he turned from Canal Street onto Stillman Avenue. The officer waited for Stonington police to arrive and Regan agreed to walk back across the bridge to Westerly, where he was arrested.

He is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on May 10.


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