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Returned fugitive Kevin Hamel listens to the charges against him in a dangerousness hearing at Ayer District Court Friday morning.
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AYER — A man charged in a March 2018 assault, caught in Florida last month, will remain held without bail.

Kevin Hamel, 55, stands accused in an assault on a woman in Townsend. He also is accused of violating probation in a 2016 case.

At a Friday dangerousness hearing in Ayer District Court, Assistant District Attorney Andrea Kelly presented 14 exhibits, most of them restraining orders, probationary matters and photographs of injuries to the victim.

She also played the 911 call made by the woman to Townsend police during the March 30, 2018, incident. Judge Tejal Mehta, Kelley, defense counsel Chris Reardon and a handcuffed Hamel gathered around Kelly’s laptop to listen to the call.

At one point, the caller tells police, “I just want to get away.” The caller also alleges kidnapping, assault and battery, and vandalism by Hamel.

Hamel left the scene before police arrived. Responding officers found Hamel had held the woman against her will and violently assaulted her, causing “numerous” injuries, according to State Police.

Hamel was placed onto the state’s Most Wanted Fugitive list in August. He was arrested on Jan. 18 in Florida. He was extradited to Massachusetts days later and remanded to State Police. He remains held at the Billerica House of Correction.

Kelly requested Hamel continue to be held on no bail.

“He is definitely a danger to the victim,” Kelly said, citing the litany of convictions over the past decades, including firearms violations and rape among others. He recently served five years in state prison for a set of similar crimes against his then-wife, culminating in the lengthy probationary period.

“The defendant’s record is replete with violence against women,” Kelly said. “The nature and circumstances are very serious and he’s facing significant prison time,” she added in support of her position that he is a flight risk.

Reardon said bail should be set because Hamel has no history of default

“He didn’t know these charges were pending so he wasn’t running,” Reardon said. “There is nothing to show us that he was trying to evade justice.”

Reardon asked for $5,000 cash bail and to “fashion some kind of conditions that will satisfy both sides.” Even if released, Hamel, who has ties to several Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire towns, would be sent to Worcester County where would be held without bail for the probation violation, according to Reardon.

Mehta agreed with Kelly.

“His past record is extremely significant. He has eight restraining orders against him (from four different women) including a lifetime protection order (from his ex-wife),” Mehta said. “He was in violation of probation when the event occurred.”