June 25, 2018
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Union man hit in head with baseball bat after breaking into ex-wife’s home, police say

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

UNION, Maine — A local man attempting to beat up his ex-wife’s boyfriend was hit in the head with a baseball bat and later crashed his car, according to police.

Craig Holmes, 22, of Union and Jason Brassard, 31, of Washington went to a Stone Road residence early Saturday morning where Holmes’ ex-wife lives, according to Knox County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.

“They forced their way into the house and a confrontation occurred at the residence,” Carroll said in a statement released on Sunday. “Holmes was hit in the head with a small baseball bat. The two left the residence by car, failed to negotiate a turn and crashed.”

Deputies were responding to a complaint from Holmes’ ex-wife, who said someone had tried to beat up her boyfriend when the two men flagged down the deputies, he said.

“[Holmes] stated he had just crashed his car and that he was one that [police] were probably looking for,” said Carroll. “Holmes stated he had just left his ex-wife’s house and was hit in the head by her boyfriend with a bat.”

Holmes and Brassard were both charged with Class B burglary and Class D assault. Holmes was also charged with operating under the influence as a result of the investigation into the crash.

Both men were taken to Knox County Jail in Rockland, but both have since been released on bail.

“The incident is still under investigation and further charges may be brought,” said Carroll.

A Class B crime carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a maximum fine of $20,000. A Class D crime has a fine of up to $2,000 and less than one year in jail.

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