ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Hancock man has been arrested on a charge of aggravated assault after he allegedly struck another man with a weightlifting bar in a mall parking lot, according to police.
Robert Rogers, 28, is accused of attacking an 18-year-old man after the two started arguing about a female acquaintance, according to Sgt. Shawn Willey of the Ellsworth Police Department.
Willey said the incident occurred around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in the southern end of the Maine Coast Mall parking lot on High Street. After the two men got into an argument, Rogers allegedly retrieved the weightlifting bar from another man’s car and struck the victim in the head with it, Willey said. The bar, which did not have weights on it and is about 12 to 18 inches long, was recovered by police at the scene, he said.
The victim in the case was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, where he was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening and then released, Willey said.
Immediately after the alleged assault, Rogers ran from the scene behind a nearby restaurant and temporarily managed to avoid police who went looking for him after witnesses called to report the incident. Officer Dan Owens contacted Rogers on Rogers’ cellphone around 4 p.m., Willey said, and convinced Rogers to turn himself in. Rogers, who was still in the vicinity of the alleged attack, approached Owens and was arrested, the sergeant said. Willey said he did not know specifically where Rogers was when he talked to police before turning himself in.
Aggravated assault is a Class B felony crime in Maine, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Willey said Rogers is expected to appear in Hancock County Superior Court on the charge on Aug. 22.