BANGOR, Maine — He had a good story — people were after him and he feared for his life — and that apparently was enough for him Sunday to get inside the home of his ex-girlfriend, who has an active protection order against him, police say.

Once inside, Jeffrey Mayhew II, 27, who is listed as a transient, assaulted and threatened his 38-year-old ex-girlfriend, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

“She let him in because he said he had been in a fight and he was in fear for his life” from people following him, Edwards said, reading the report of Officer Russell Twaddell.

Police were called to York Street at about 4 a.m. Sunday and found Mayhew in violation of the court-ordered protection from abuse order.

Mayhew was arrested for felony domestic violence assault, which could send him to prison for up to five years if convicted, as well as for criminal threatening and violating the protection order.

Edwards could not confirm whether the victim is the same 38-year-old woman whom Mayhew allegedly assaulted in April, giving her a black eye. Mayhew also was arrested in March and charged with domestic violence assault after he and the woman he assaulted in April got into a heated argument and he reportedly pushed her, Edwards said at the time.

Mayhew was taken to Penobscot County Jail after his arrest Sunday morning. He remained behind bars on Thursday, a jail official said.

Mayhew has a prior disorderly conduct conviction from 2008 and has three marijuana-related convictions, two for possession and one for cultivation, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)