April 26, 2018
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Grand jury indicts three men in connection with serious but unrelated assaults in Brunswick

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Three men who allegedly caused serious injuries to their victims, including one who authorities chased all the way to California, were indicted on charges of felony aggravated assault last week by a Cumberland County grand jury.

Though the three incidents were unrelated, Brunswick police Lt. Michael Moody said common themes in the three cases were alcohol and young men who were out of control.

The most serious of the incidents involved 31-year-old Jamie Mondragon of Auburn, who police say stabbed a 25-year-old woman on Sept. 30. Three young children were present at the scene. The incident at 9 Perryman Drive in Brunswick unfolded at around 2 a.m. Officers arrived to find the victim suffering from multiple stab wounds that were not considered life-threatening. Mondragon fled in a Lexus, according to police.

Mondragon was arrested two weeks later by the U.S. Marshals Service in Fresno, Calif., and extradited to Maine. In October, he entered no plea to two counts of Class B aggravated assault and one count of Class C reckless conduct in connection with the incident. Those were the same charges Mondragon was indicted on by the grand jury.

In a separate case, Ryan Elwell, 23, of Topsham was indicted on a charge of Class B aggravated assault. Moody said Elwell’s charge stemmed from a fight in September near 24 Dunning St. that involved a dozen people. Moody said the altercation began when some of the partygoers refused to buy more beer for an underage man who ended up being Elwell’s alleged victim. In the course of the fight, Elwell allegedly hit the man with a beer can and bit a chunk out of his ear.

“The grand jury considered his injury as serious bodily injury purposely done by Elwell,” said Moody.

Randall Rytky, 21, of Bath was indicted on a charge of Class B aggravated assault for a June 23 incident at 315 Church Road in Brunswick. Rytky was allegedly at a party playing drinking games when a fight ensued. Moody said Rytky “sucker-punched” another man and knocked him out. The punch knocked the victim unconscious, dislodged some of his teeth and broke his jaw, which required surgery, according to reports on the incident.

“Both of the men were extremely intoxicated,” said Moody.

Mondragon is being held at Cumberland County Jail, according to an officer there. Rytky and Elwell are not incarcerated.

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