A pair of southern Maine men are facing elevated assault charges after reportedly threatening a Litchfield man with a gun, then strangling him and beating him with a baseball bat, after the pair made a U-turn in his driveway.
Paul D. Goodrich, 40, of the Sanford village of Springvale, and Robert J. Flaherty, 35, of Sanford, were both charged with elevated aggravated assault shortly after the alleged attack. Flaherty also was charged with violating conditions of release.
The victim, 34-year-old Shamus Laperriere, was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta for treatment of several injuries including a broken nose, scratches and cuts and bruises to his face, neck, head, elbows, knees and back, Kennebec County Sheriff Deputy William Johnson wrote in an affidavit filed in Kennebec County Superior Court. Laperriere also received stitches for a cut on his finger.
Johnson said the alleged attack occurred before 8:30 p.m. Friday after a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck towing a trailer turned around in Laperriere’s Lewiston Road driveway and, in the process, damaged a makeshift barricade he had erected to keep people from turning in his driveway.
According to Johnson, Laperriere said he followed the truck in hopes of getting the license plate number.
“As Mr. Laperriere caught up to the Silverado, the driver of the truck stopped his vehicle, exited and pointed a handgun at Mr. Laperriere,” Johnson wrote. “A passenger of the truck then exited, asked Mr. Laperriere if he â€˜wanted to die’ and approached him carrying a small aluminum baseball bat.”
Johnson’s affidavit doesn’t specify who was driving or who was carrying the handgun or baseball bat.
Johnson said the bat-wielding man approached Laperriere and kicked the door of his minivan, knocking him to the ground, before hitting him in the face with the bat. Two other men emerged from the truck and all four kicked and beat Laperriere, Johnson said.
“After the beating the male with the bat then placed his hands around Mr. Laperriere’s neck while Mr. Laperriere was on the ground,” Johnson said. “While squeezing ever tighter, the male told the others that he â€˜had to kill him.'”
Laperriere said he could not breathe and that he was only saved by oncoming traffic, at which point the four threw beer bottles at the minivan before fleeing in the truck.
Police stopped the truck shortly after the alleged attack. Goodrich and Flaherty were alone inside. The men admitted to turning in a driveway and the subsequent altercation, but both claim they had been the victims.
“Physical evidence at the scene and on Mr. Laperriere corroborates his version of events,” Johnson said.
Besides his injuries, which included a bruise on his right eye that was the size and shape of the butt end of a bat, Laperriere had red marks on his throat from ear to ear.
“Additionally, pieces of a broken Samuel Adams beer bottle were located at the crime scene, an open Samuel Adams bottle was located inside the truck,” Johnson wrote. “Mr. Laperriere’s vehicle had recent paint chipping that was surrounded with a fluid that smelled of an alcoholic beverage.”
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