June 20, 2018
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Rockwood man arrested for beating Bangor man, police say

Bangor Police Department | BDN
Bangor Police Department | BDN
William Wheelock
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local man was found by police severely beaten and bleeding from his head on Friday after he was attacked by a Rockwood man while at the Second Street park, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.

William Wheelock, 21, of Rockwood took off on foot and was gone by the time Officer Kim Donnell arrived about 8 p.m., but he was located on Monday and arrested, the sergeant said. Wheelock was charged with Class B felony aggravated assault.

The 39-year-old Bangor victim “had a broken nose and cracked orbital bone around his eye,” Edwards said.

The victim and witnesses at the park told police Wheelock “tackled the victim, and beat him about the face repeatedly with his fists and feet,” Edwards said.

The victim reported that he was minding his own business when the suspect attacked him.

“It was unprovoked,” Edwards said.

The victim, who said he did not know the man who brutally beat him, was able to give police a good description of Wheelock, the sergeant added.

The department’s Criminal Investigations Division took over the beating investigation and found Wheelock at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter about 3 p.m. Monday, Edwards said. He was arrested and taken to the Penobscot County Jail, where he remained on Wednesday.

Wheelock was convicted of two counts burglary and two counts theft by unauthorized taking or transfer earlier this year for his role in burglarizing Moosehead Motorsports in Greenville Junction Township in June 2011, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News. He was sentenced in April to 120 days in jail on each count, to be served concurrently, and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution.

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