State police say Washington County beating may be gang related, seek suspects

Posted May 07, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
Last modified May 07, 2014, at 7:50 p.m.

Maine State Police are seeking to charge two Washington County men in connection with an assault on a Princeton man recently, authorities disclosed Wednesday.

The 32-year-old victim, who was not identified, told police that he was beaten with a baseball bat and blunt objects by several men, Lt. Roderick Charette, a state police supervisor in Ellsworth, said Wednesday.

The attack took place in a home on Davis Road in Alexander on the night of April 20, according to Charette.

The man suffered serious injuries but they were not life-threatening, the lieutenant said.

Investigators have determined that two men from the region were involved, he said, as well as others from elsewhere.

State police executed a search warrant at the home, which is a rental property, and seized some undisclosed evidence, Charette said. No one was home at the time.

Investigators have submitted information to the District Attorney’s office to obtain warrants to arrest the two Baileyville-area men on charges of aggravated assault, the lieutenant said. Other individuals also may be charged, he said.

Charette said there have been no other incidents related to the case since the April 20 assault.

“We’re still exploring the motive,” he said.

“There’s been a lot of rumors and conjecture. … At this point it’s still speculation,” he said.

But he did confirm that investigators are looking at a possible gang connection to the attack. “There has been tangent information coming in that the case we are working has gang ties and we are currently investigating that possibility as well,” Charette said.

Local police in Baileyville and Calais as well as members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the federal Border Patrol are collaborating on the ongoing investigation, Charette said.

Baileyville Police Chief Robert Fitzsimmons was prompted to post a warning on the police department’s Facebook page earlier this week.

“To the citizens of Baileyville and the surrounding communities, bad people from other areas of our state as well as other states are here,” says the post dated May 4. Law enforcement agencies “are involved and are working around the clock together to combat this.”

The post also urged people to notify authorities of suspicious or unlawful activity.

Fitzsimmons did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

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