Bucksport woman accused of assaulting fellow jail inmate

Posted Aug. 03, 2012, at 11:53 a.m.
Megan Patten
Hancock County Jail
Megan Patten

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Bucksport woman was charged with aggravated assault Tuesday after allegedly attacking a fellow inmate in Hancock County Jail.

The attack happened in a cell block common area. The county sheriff’s office said Megan Patten, 22, attacked another female inmate, causing “facial injuries that required medical attention.”

Jail security intervened and separated the women. Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Cote investigated the incident, and said it was unclear what prompted the attack.

“We don’t really know what the fight was about,” he said Friday. “No weapons were involved, but it was a physical assault serious enough to warrant the aggravated assault charge.”

Cote said attacks have happened in the jail before, but they are not common.

Patten has been in jail since July 29 on a charge of failure to appear in court. She is scheduled to appear before Hancock County Superior Court on Sept. 21 on the aggravated assault charge.

Aggravated assault is a Class B crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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