May 22, 2018
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Matinicus man arrested for pummeling man outside bar

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 31-year-old Matinicus Island man with a lengthy, violent criminal history is back behind bars after police say he beat a man outside a bar for no apparent reason.

Joshua S. Anthony remained at the Knox County Jail on Monday afternoon following his initial appearance in Rockland District Court for Class A aggravated assault.

According to an affidavit filed by Lt. Lawrence Hesseltine and Deputy James Moore of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony beat the man outside the Sand Bar on Vinalhaven on Saturday night.

The 56-year-old victim reported that he had talked with Anthony inside the bar and there was no problem until Anthony warned the man that he would kill him if he went outside the bar, the affidavit stated.

The man went to the bar owner and asked her to call police.

The man left the bar and he was grabbed by Anthony who punched him more than 10 times, the affidavit stated. The man suffered injuries to his face, head and other parts of his body. The bar owner also provided a statement to police that supported the alleged victim’s statements.

The man was treated at the Island Medical Center for his injuries.

Hesseltine located Anthony the following day hiding in a shed.

District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said Monday in court that the $5,000 cash bail set by a bail commissioner was inadequate considering the lengthy record and violent past of Anthony. He asked Judge Susan Sparaco to set bail at $10,000 cash and she agreed, citing the factors listed by the district attorney.

Class A aggravated assault carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Rushlau listed Anthony’s convictions that date back to 2000 for burglary, 2005 for assault and burglary and numerous probation violations.
In 2010 he was convicted
of aggravated assault, aggravated criminal trespass, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, and terrorizing after he entered the home of a man on Matinicus with another person and beat him because the victim’s friends had put lobster traps in the waters off Matincus.

Anthony asked for lower bail. Judge Sparaco also barred Anthony from returning to Vinalhaven.

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