June 18, 2018
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County man faces assault charges in Fort Kent tire iron beating

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

FORT KENT, Maine — Police arrested a St. Francis man Wednesday evening in connection with an assault with a tire iron that happened Tuesday morning.

Chief Kenneth Michaud of the Fort Kent Police Department said Thursday that Ian Bourgoin, 23, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and aggravated assault. He has since made bail and is scheduled for a January court appearance.

Michaud said Bourgoin was involved in an incident that took place just before 2 a.m. Tuesday in Brookside Park.

According to the chief, the male victim of the assault was outside his home when Bourgoin began shouting at him from a short distance away. The victim knew Bourgoin, according to Michaud.

The victim requested that Bourgoin come closer in order to speak to him. During the conversation, Bourgoin allegedly brandished a tire iron and struck the victim several times on the head.

The victim fell to the ground, and Bourgoin reportedly ran a short distance to a vehicle in another yard and began smashing the hood, windshield and windows.

The vehicle, which did not belong to the victim, was extensively damaged.

The victim was taken by Fort Kent Ambulance to Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent. He received 16 stitches in his head and was released from the hospital later that morning.

The chief said Bourgoin left the area and was contacted by police about the case. He subsequently turned himself in at the police station.

Michaud said the investigation remains ongoing, as police believe another individual may have been involved in the altercation.

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