MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine — A local man is behind bars after using a hammer to attack a man who lives down the street from him, according to the Maine State Police.
Cecil D. Richards, 35, who lives on Main Street, was charged June 8 with felony aggravated assault, two counts of felony assault, as well as misdemeanor criminal threatening after he was allegedly found by Trooper Cooper Plaisted at about 7:15 p.m. walking away from the scene of the bloody attack, which is a short distance from Richards’ house.
The 68-year-old man who was attacked was found draped over the bottom railing of his front steps with “a severe head wound” and blood pooling below him, the probable cause affidavit filed by Plaisted at the Penobscot Judicial Center states.
Plaisted had already placed Richards in the back of his cruiser when he arrived at the injured man’s house.
A man who witnessed the attack while driving by turned around and honked his horn in an attempt to stop the assault, according to the court document. He told the trooper that he saw “Richards holding [the man] in a choke hold and hitting him over the head with a hammer.”
The witness reported that Richards hit the man “at least four or five times in the head” with the hammer and then “threw [the man] down off the steps.”
The witness drove away to call 911, and when he returned, he saw Richards throw a blue bicycle at the already injured man and “stomp on him,” the affidavit states.
Another man was inside the injured man’s home and also witnessed the attack and reported that when he opened the front door he was told by Richards “to go back inside and if he didn’t, he would kill him,” Plaisted’s report states.
Richards told the trooper that he assaulted the man because he had made a sexual statement in reference to his child, according to the affidavit.
Plaisted said Tuesday the investigation is ongoing.
“He is still in the hospital being treated for his head wound,” the trooper said Tuesday afternoon, referring to the injured man. “We have not been able to interview him due to his incapacity.”
Devon DeMarco, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, is prosecuting the case.
Richards’ bail was set at $4,000 cash, and he remained at Penobscot County Jail on Tuesday, a jail official said.
No court date has been set. Richards may be indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury later this month.
Richards has convictions for disorderly conduct, operating a vehicle while under influence of intoxicants and violating a protective order, according to Bangor Daily News archives. The injured man has a conviction for indecent conduct, the archives state.