June 22, 2018
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Vinalhaven man arrested after allegedly cutting two people in island knife attack

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

VINALHAVEN, Maine — A 26-year-old Vinalhaven man was arrested early Saturday morning after police said he injured two people during a knife fight.

Christopher Weller was arrested by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Robert Potter and charged with Class A elevated aggravated assault. Weller was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel.

The island is about an hour boat ride from the mainland in Rockland.

Weller remains at the jail in lieu of posting $2,500 cash bail.

According to Knox County Chief Deputy Tim Carroll, Potter responded to a report of a fight at the Sand Bar, an island night spot, on Main Street at about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

The initial investigation found that Weller and Jason Hamilton, 41, of Vinalhaven were fighting at the bar, and Weller pulled out a knife. A bystander, Amelia Davidson, 20, also of Vinalhaven, tried to break up the fight and was cut by Weller. Hamilton was also cut in the fight, according to the sheriff’s department.

First responders from Vinalhaven Rescue treated Davidson for a cut across her forehead, the sheriff’s office reported. Hamilton refused to write a statement and refused medical treatment.

When Potter arrived at the Sand Bar, Weller had already left. The deputy went to Weller’s residence and found he had bruises to his head and face and a cut on the wrist. Weller did not seek medical attention, and he was arrested at the scene, the sheriff’s office reported.

Potter remained on the island and another deputy from the mainland was aboard the Coast Guard boat to escort Weller to the jail in Rockland.

Shortly before 1 a.m., Potter was called to a report of a vehicle on fire near the intersection of Atlantic and Main streets. The vehicle was engulfed in flames when he arrived. The Vinalhaven Fire Department extinguished the flames, not before the vehicle was destroyed.

The 2008 Nissan Titan belonged to Weller, and the sheriff’s office said the fire appears to be suspicious. The Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called to assist in the fire investigation.

Both incidents remain under investigation.

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