BY TOM DALTON
---- — SALEM — A 27-year-old man was arrested on an attempted murder charge last night after allegedly hitting his pregnant girlfriend with a baseball bat and trying to strangle her.
Michael R. Douglas, who is homeless, was arrested at 7:15 p.m. at 19 Rainbow Terrace, after trying to hide on the roof of the public housing building, according to police.
Police went to that same location Tuesday night after getting a report of a domestic assault. Police said they spoke with a 30-year-old woman with welts on her face and red eyes who said Douglas punched her in the face and tried to strangle her,
Police said the alleged assault may have taken place earlier than Tuesday.
When police were unable to find Douglas, a court warrant was issued yesterday for his arrest.
When police returned to the apartment last night, Douglas went out a window and tried to hide on the roof, according to police.
Douglas was charged with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and battery because the victim is pregnant, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a baseball bat), larceny under $250 for allegedly taking a cellphone, intimidation of a witness and two counts of trespassing.
Douglas and the victim have a child, police said.
A no-trespass order had been issued previously against Douglas for all Salem public housing, according to police.
The arrest was made by Detectives Kathleen Rocheville, the domestic violence officer, Dennis Gaudet, Tom Brennan and Kristian Hanson. Officer Tim Salvo did the initial investigation.
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