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Police: Man, 22, involved in Guilford brawl arrested after baseball bat incident

Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Stanley Martin
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

GUILFORD, Maine — A local man allegedly involved in Monday’s brawl that left one man shot and sent three others to the hospital was arrested for another incident involving multiple people armed with baseball bats, authorities said Thursday.

Stanley Martin, 22, of Guilford was arrested on Wednesday evening after he and seven others allegedly squared off with baseball bats on Cedar Street at about 5:30 p.m., said Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bob Young.

Martin and another male allegedly involved in Monday night’s street brawl were among those using baseball bats to hit rocks against buildings, said Young.

“They were hitting rocks against people’s houses and out into the street. It was just an ignorant thing,” he said. “Some other people in the neighborhood went to confront them. It started to erupt, but then it calmed down.”

No one was hurt in the confrontation and no swings were made, he said.

Martin was charged with violating conditions of release, a Class E misdemeanor, because he is not allowed to have dangerous weapons. He was taken to Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft, where he remained on Thursday morning. Martin had been out on bail resulting from a disorderly conduct charge in Dexter on July 4, said Young. Approximately a dozen people were involved in that fight, he said.

On Monday, eight adults and three minors were involved in a street brawl in which baseball bats, knives, a dog and a gun were used, according to the sheriff’s office. The fight saw nine individuals square off against two others.

Three of the four sent to the Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft for treatment have been released, including the man shot in the forearm with a 9 mm handgun. One man is still in the hospital because of blows from baseball bats and dog bites, Young said Thursday.

Young said no one has been arrested in relation to Monday’s incident, which remains under investigation.

An incident in Dexter on July 4 in which a young man was beaten led to Monday’s fight, said Young. That led to a series of fights in the Guilford area over the past few days that culminated with Monday night’s fight where nine people on one side armed with baseball bats and knives confronted two people armed with baseball bats and accompanied by a Rottweiler.

The gun was tossed into the Piscataquis River by a passerby and later recovered by police.

“Right now things are still pretty tense in Guilford because of the shooting incident. It’s not going to take much at this point [to set off another incident],” Young said. “Any chance we have to arrest somebody we will until things get settled down.”

The Class E crime carries a sentence of up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.

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