Bangor man with lengthy criminal history behind bars again after reported knife fight

Posted July 25, 2012, at 4:30 p.m.
Anthony S. Barnes
Bangor Police Department
Anthony S. Barnes

BANGOR, Maine — A local man with a history of assaults and a criminal record that dates back to when he was a teenager was arrested again Sunday when police were called to a knife fight on Essex Street.

Anthony S. Barnes, 31, was found with a 6-inch combat-style knife when police arrived at the fight about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Bangor police Sgt. Jim Buckley said Tuesday.

He was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, and disorderly conduct, the sergeant said.

When Barnes made his first appearance before Superior Court Justice Ann Murray at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Monday, his lawyer for the day was Benjamin Fowler.

“The way he explained it to me, he’s the victim,” Fowler said.

The fight on Essex Street escalated when a dog was sicced on Barnes, leaving him with bite injuries, the Bangor attorney said.

Because criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon is a felony, Barnes didn’t enter a plea, but his bail was set after Murray heard from both the state and defense.

“The defendant has significant criminal history,” Assistant District Attorney Maggie Grey told the court.

Grey listed at least four assault convictions, all with jail time, and other convictions for violating conditions of release and terrorizing, and she said Barnes also failed to appear for court in 2011.

Murray set Barnes’ bail at $10,000 cash or $25,000 surety and also barred him from two addresses on Essex Street, from contacting two people involved in the fight and from carrying any dangerous weapons.

Barnes, who was convicted of criminal mischief at age 19, was first convicted of assault when he was 21, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.

In the last decade, Barnes also has convictions for attempting to stab a man outside The Tavern in 2008, for hitting a man in the head with a collapsible baton in 2009, and for repeatedly calling 911 in 2011 while on synthetic bath salts drugs because he feared people with rifles were chasing him. He was arrested in November 2011 for punching out a car window, yanking out a passenger and robbing him of $400 cash in Newport, the BDN listings state.

Barnes remained in jail on Wednesday unable to post bail.

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