May 20, 2018
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Renter accused of knife attack on maintenance man unable to make bail

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An Essex Street resident, whose apartment allegedly was strewn with unused hypodermic needles, remained Wednesday night at Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail for an alleged knife attack two days earlier on the 53-year-old apartment maintenance man who had come to collect back rent.

Superior Court Justice Kirk Studstrup set bail for Edward Myshrall, 52, who was charged Monday with aggravated assault and refusing to submit to arrest, both Class C crimes, at $750 cash or $10,000 surety. Bail conditions include no contact with the alleged victim, no use of drugs and no possession of weapons.

If released, Myshrall also must find a new place to live because bail conditions allow him to return to the Essex Street apartment building just one time with a police officer to retrieve his belongings.

Through the lawyer of the day, Aaron Frey of Bangor, Myshrall told Studstrup he was on a fixed income and could not afford to post bail. Frey also said Myshrall denied inviting the victim into his apartment, and understood that he was about to be evicted from the apartment at 57 Essex St. in Bangor.

The judge set Myshrall’s next court appearance for Sept. 8 and tentatively set a trial date for Oct. 3.

“The maintenance person stated that when he entered Myshrall’s apartment [about 4 p.m. Monday] to ask for the rent, he made a comment about how messy his apartment was,” Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday. “At that point, Myshrall took a swing at the victim … which he blocked with his hand.”

The 53-year-old victim soon realized that his hand was bleeding and that Myshrall had a knife in his hand, the sergeant said. “The victim punched Myshrall and fled the apartment.”

As Officer Kevin Haefele and additional backup officers finished their interviews with witnesses, Myshrall left the apartment house and became upset when he learned he would be going to jail, which led to an additional charge of failing to submit to arrest, Edwards said.

The victim refused medical care, saying he would get treatment on his own.

BDN reporter Nok-Noi Ricker contributed to this report.

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