June 19, 2018
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Police: Ellsworth transient still in hospital after assault

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Police say they’re hearing conflicting explanations about what led to an assault Sunday that resulted in a transient man being treated in a local hospital’s intensive care unit.

Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page said Wednesday that police have talked to the victim, who told them the attack was precipitated by an argument over a female acquaintance of his and his alleged assailant. But the man charged in the attack, Todd Bray, 38, of Ellsworth, told police that the victim threatened him with a pair of scissors, Page said.

Police found a small pair of scissors that might be used to trim facial hair at the scene of the assault, which happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Water Street, according to Page.

Bray is facing charges of disorderly conduct and aggravated assault as a result of the alleged attack. He was arrested Sunday evening and was combative with corrections officers when he was taken to the Hancock County Jail, Page said. Bray was released Monday afternoon after posting $1,000 unsecured bail at the jail.

The victim was still in the ICU at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, according to Page.

“He’s still foggy,” Page said.

The man had some health issues before he allegedly was assaulted, Page said, and is on medication that could be affecting how lucid he is. He is expected to be in the hospital a few more days, during which time his physical and mental condition may improve, according to Page. But officials are concerned he may have some long-term cognitive issues because of the attack, the lieutenant said.

Page said the victim likely will have a permanent scar under his left eye. The entire left side of his head is swollen because of the incident, he said. Police believe Bray beat the man with his fists, knocking him unconscious during the alleged assault. Bray wears a large ring on his right hand, which may have contributed to the victim’s injuries, according to Page.

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