June 21, 2018
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Old Town man hit with metal shovel

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

OLD TOWN, Maine — An Old Town man who was confronted by three men in his driveway last week was hit with a metal shovel and needed stitches to stop the bleeding, Sgt. Scott Casey said on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old male victim had reportedly fought with one of the three men a couple days before the Jan. 8 incident, Casey said.

“The victim goes out and tells them to leave and Ricky [Rawson] picks up a metal snow shovel and hits him in the head,” Casey said. Then, “another guy hits him with a metal pipe.”

The victim was able to break free from the group and run into his house and call police. At some point, one of his home’s windows was broken, but the trio left before police officers arrived.

“He got some stitches,” Casey said of the victim.

The shovel was taken as evidence by police, but the metal pipe was not located, he said.

Police were able to catch up with the three men at a nearby residence soon after the 11:30 p.m. incident and arrested Rawson, 25, of Old Town, and Patrick Mitchell, 19, of Bradley.

Rawson was charged with felony aggravated assault and assault, along with criminal mischief and possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Mitchell, who is on probation, was charged with felony aggravated assault and criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and for violating his bail conditions. Both were taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. No charges were filed against the third man.

During July 2008, Mitchell was arrested for robbery, assault, refusing to submit to arrest and terrorizing after he and a 16-year-old friend apparently attacked a taxicab driver and took his phone, according to an archived Bangor Daily News article.

Rawson’s bail was set at $100 cash during his Monday bail hearing, and he was released later that day, a jail official said. Mitchell was in court on Wednesday and remained jailed without bail Wednesday night on the probation revocation charge.

The aggravated assault counts, which both men are charged with, are Class B crimes and carry penalties of up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $20,000.

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