Bath man charged with aggravated assault after allegedly inflicting ‘significant’ injuries in fight

Posted March 20, 2013, at 5:21 p.m.

BATH, Maine — A Bath resident faces a charge of aggravated assault after a fight that hospitalized a Topsham man, police said Wednesday.

Bath police responded just after 1 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a fight in an apartment on Washington Street. Later in the morning, they arrested Christopher Graffam, 30, and charged him with class B aggravated assault, accusing him of causing “significant injuries” to the face and head of a 31-year-old Topsham man, Bath Police Chief Michael Field said.

The injuries were “all from being struck by Graffam’s fist,” Field said. “There were no weapons.”

The injured man, whom police did not identify, was taken to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick and then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The injuries were not life-threatening, Field said.

Graffam had left the scene when police arrived, according to Field, but officers made contact with him shortly after the incident and arrested him at 11 a.m.

Investigators, interviewing others in the apartment, also arrested Lee Patterson, 20, of Bath on a probation hold. Patterson, who was not involved in the assault, according to police, was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

Graffam, who posted $500 cash bail, is scheduled to appear in West Bath Court May 14 at 1 p.m..