Ellsworth man charged in triple-assault

Posted July 27, 2012, at 11:13 a.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Police on Thursday charged an Ellsworth man they say assaulted two other men at his home last weekend.

David Spoffard, 51, of Oak Street was issued a summons on three counts of assault, a Class D crime, for allegedly attacking two men on July 21 after getting into an argument about whether there was room for him to join them for an outing.

The victims visited the emergency room at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, and a doctor there reported the alleged assault about 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21.

Ellsworth Police Lt. Harold Page said the two victims and a woman were leaving Spoffard’s home when an argument began about whether there was room in the vehicle for Spoffard to join them.

“The two men and the woman were going out, and there wasn’t enough room for Spoffard,” Page said. “This was a domestic-type thing that just escalated.”

Page said one of the victims had been assaulted by Spoffard earlier in the day as well, but wouldn’t get into detail about that attack. Police do not suspect drugs or alcohol were factors in the incident.

“You get these fight calls sometimes and you get there and ask what started it,” Page said, shaking his head. “Sometimes you just end up [saying], ‘Really?’”

Spoffard will have his initial appearance on the assault charges in Hancock County District Court on September 18.

Spoffard was issued a summons in November 2010 on a charge of violation of a protection order, Page said.

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