Guest wears out welcome, accused of breaking in, assaulting Rockland man

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted July 08, 2013, at 3:18 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 35-year-old New Orleans man is facing a felony charge after he was arrested Saturday morning for allegedly breaking down the door of a residence and assaulting a man who had allowed him to stay there during the past week.

Joshua E. Martel was arrested Saturday morning and charged with felony aggravated criminal trespass, criminal mischief and assault.

According to an affidavit filed by Rockland police in Rockland District Court, Martel had been allowed to stay at a Knox Street residence with two men during the past week after he had problems with a woman. Martel, however, came back to the residence on Friday night, intoxicated and agitated and took his guitar and smashed it to pieces in the living room, according to the affidavit. At that point, he was told he was no longer welcome at the residence and ordered to leave, police stated in the report.

The two residents packed up Martel’s belongings and left them outside, but early Saturday morning Martel returned, pounded on the door and then broke it down, according to the affidavit. He then assaulted one of the two men, who suffered bruises to his face, chest, hands and knees. The other resident then struck Martel in the head with a metal paint tray until Martel left the residence.

Rockland police located the man a short time later at the Circle K convenience store at the intersection of Camden and Front streets.

Officer Joel Neal said that Martel told him the confrontation was not his fault and that the two men in the residence were evil. Martel also said the officer would lose his job for arresting him, according to the affidavit.

Judge Evert Fowle set bail Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court at $5,000 surety of $750 cash.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald had asked for $2,500 cash bail because of the seriousness of the offense and the defendant’s criminal record that includes assault, criminal mischief and carrying a concealed weapon.

Defense attorney Jason Heath asked for lower bail, saying that Martel has ties to the community and is employed as a sous chef.

Martel remained at the Knox County Jail Monday afternoon.

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