Warren man accused of beating drinking companion

Posted June 10, 2013, at 3:12 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — A 26-year-old Warren man remains behind bars after being arrested Friday for striking a man over the head with a flashlight so severely that the victim suffered internal bleeding.

Judge Susan Sparaco set bail Monday afternoon at $2,500 cash for Travis W. Carter. Carter was initially arrested for elevated aggravated assault but the charge filed Monday in Rockland District Court on behalf of the Knox County district attorney’s office was lowered to aggravated assault.

Carter was arrested at the Knox County Jail where he was being held on an unrelated burglary and theft charge for allegedly breaking into Townline Video Plus in Warren on June 2.

An affidavit filed by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office on the aggravated assault charge states the department has been investigating the incident since it occurred April 17 at Carter’s residence in Warren. According to the affidavit, Carter, the victim Nicholas Adkins, and Carter’s girlfriend were drinking at the residence when Carter said Adkins struck Carter’s girlfriend.

Carter picked up a flashlight and struck Adkins in the back of the head, according to the affidavit. Carter then telephoned 911 and asked for an ambulance.

When deputies arrived, they found Adkins unconscious on the floor with blood coming out of his ears. Carter initially told deputies that he had punched Adkins once in the head. Carter said he made sure to not strike Adkins on the metal plate implanted in his head.

Adkins was flown by a LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with internal bleeding in the head. He recovered enough to be interviewed by deputies two weeks after the incident. He told officers that he was walking away from Carter when he was struck in the back of the head.

Carter took a polygraph test and failed, according to the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, three people in the residence were drinking and sharing Spice, a synthetic product that produces a marijuana-like high.

The burglary and theft charges against Carter filed last week allege that he broke into the store to steal the synthetic marijuana that also goes by the name of Crazy Monkey and Sexy Monkey. These items are legal in Maine.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald had asked for Carter to be held on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 surety while defense attorney William Pagnano asked for unsecure bail so that Carter would have an opportunity to be released.

Sparaco set the bail at $2,500 cash and scheduled the next hearing for Aug. 28.

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