PENOBSCOT, Maine — A Blue Hill man is facing felony criminal charges after he donned a skull mask, forced his way into a local man’s home last weekend and beat him with a baseball bat, according to police.

Daniel P. Bergin, 36, is facing felony charges of elevated aggravated assault and burglary, as well as a misdemeanor charge of violating conditions of release, according to documents filed in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court.

The incident, which occurred last Saturday, resulted in broken bones in the victim’s left forearm and left hand, Deputy Franklin Jennings of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department wrote in a incident report filed with the court. The victim, a 44 year-old man, also suffered bruises to his left rib cage and to his legs, Jennings said.

Jennings wrote in the document that the victim was at home a few minutes before 9 p.m. Saturday with two other people when Bergin came in through the front door of the mobile home and started swinging a bat. Bergin was wearing a green baseball cap, a dark jacket with a hood, blue jeans, and a black mask “with a skull on it like a biker wears while riding,” the deputy wrote.

The victim fought back against Bergin and, during the scuffle, the mask came off, revealing his face to the other people in the room, all of whom are acquaintances with Bergin, according to Jennings. Bergin allegedly lost his grip on the bat and then ran away, leaving the bat and his cap behind.

According to Jennings’ report, the incident may have been fueled by suspicions that Bergin’s girlfriend was cheating on him.

Bergin was located by police later that evening and arrested without further incident, the deputy wrote.

Bergin was released Monday from Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth on $10,000 secured bail with orders to observe a nightly curfew from 6:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., among other conditions. He is scheduled to appear in court on the charges on Dec. 16.

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....