June 18, 2018
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Two charged in fight outside Carolina’s bar

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A group fight in front of Carolina Sports and Spirits early Wednesday morning led to assault charges against two people and a trip to the hospital for two others, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.

Joseph Johnson, 22, of Bangor was charged with felony aggravated assault and Justin Bragg, 27, of Bangor was charged with misdemeanor assault, the sergeant said.

“Johnson allegedly took a beer bottle or glass and hit the victim in the head with it,” Edwards said. The 23-year-old male victim from Hampden was cut on the head and was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment. Johnson also was cut on the hand, but refused medical care, the sergeant said.

Bragg reportedly punched a 27-year-old female from Old Town in the face, causing “a pretty good black eye,” Edwards said.

She also was taken to EMMC.

Two groups of people apparently were arguing even before they left Carolina’s and as the bar closed, the groups moved outside and a fight broke out, Edwards said.

Police were called to the bar, which is located under the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge, at around 1 a.m. and found “a large fight,” and “one person was apparently bleeding from the head,” Edwards said.

Johnson could face up to five years in prison if convicted of the felony aggravated assault charge.

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