Intoxicated man trying to apologize charged with assault, police say

Posted Aug. 29, 2011, at 1:10 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 29, 2011, at 1:48 p.m.
Patrick McCarthy
Patrick McCarthy

BANGOR, Maine — A Cedar Street man who had been drinking got into a yelling match with a neighbor Friday night that later turned into a physical altercation when he tried to apologize, police Sgt. Paul Edwards said on Monday.

At around 9:45 p.m., Patrick McCarthy, 29, “knocked on the door to apologize for shouting” at his 30-year-old neighbor earlier in the evening and became upset when she “wasn’t receptive,” the sergeant said.

“The man apparently grabbed her and tried to hit her,” Edwards said. “He grabbed her by the neck” and pushed himself and the woman into her apartment, breaking things along the way, he said.

McCarthy was charged with three counts of assault for assaulting “her, her mother and someone else who got into the mix,” the sergeant said.

The victim’s mother is age 49 and the third victim was a 46-year-old male friend.

When Officers Josh Kuhn, Steve Pelletier and Kyle Pelkey and Detective Jim Carr arrived, they were met by a group of the woman’s friends and relatives, one of whom was hysterical, who reported that McCarthy took off after the fight.

McCarthy quickly was found and also was charged with criminal mischief and issued a criminal trespassing warning that bars him from going to his neighbor’s apartment for a year, Edwards said.

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