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Standoff suspect makes first court appearance

Vincent Teruel made his first court appearance Thursday in Alfred on a domestic violence assault charge after causing a standoff in Portland earlier this week.

ALFRED (WGME) -- The man who caused a standoff at a Portland motel but wasn't in his room when police went in made his first court appearance Wednesday.

Vincent Teruel is being held here at the York County Jail on a $5,000 cash bail-- after his initial court appearance this afternoon.

Teruel is accused of committing a domestic violence assault this past Sunday in Hollis.

According to the affidavit, Teruel was arguing with his wife when he put her in a choke hold, making it hard for her to breath.

She told police he then punched her in the head several times with his arm around her neck.

He then left in a vehicle.

His wife told police he'd gotten out of prison in Illinois.

The Department of Corrections there says after serving seven years for a cemetery vandalism and theft, he was paroled this Spring-- before coming to Maine.

Police say Teruel has a lengthy prison record.

The next day, Maine State Police and negotiators surrounded and evacuated the Motel 6 in Portland where Teruel had rented a room.

After several hours, it was discovered he wasn't inside.

Portland Police arrested him yesterday afternoon downtown near Congress Street.

Should he make bail, the court has ordered that he have no contact with his wife and is not to go to her home in Hollis.

Teruel's next court date won't be until after the new year.

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