SULLIVAN, Maine — Authorities are investigating an alleged assault in which a local man suffered severe injuries that went unreported for a couple of days, according to Maine State Police.
Trooper Jessica Shorey said Wednesday that the alleged attack occurred sometime last week but was not immediately reported, largely because the alleged victim was unresponsive and out of communication with his family.
“It wasn’t reported for two days,” Shorey said. “It was a fight among friends and acquaintances.”
Shorey said the man, whose name was not released, suffered head trauma in the attack, in which he was punched and kicked. He had bleeding in the brain and, after his family had tracked him down, was taken first to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth and then to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor over the weekend, she said. He was released from the hospital earlier this week.
Shorey said she has had difficulty tracking down witnesses in the case and is not sure to what extent anyone may have been caring for the man in the days immediately after the alleged attack.
The Maine State Police criminal investigations division was looking into the case at one point, due to the man’s potentially life-threatening injuries, according to Shorey, but because he is recovering the case has been handed back over to troopers stationed in Hancock County.
Shorey said she has been trying to interview the alleged victim, in part to determine how willing he is to cooperate with police. She declined to indicate where in Sullivan the attack is believed to have occurred because she has yet to conduct extensive interviews in the case, which remains under investigation.