A former boxer from Rome was charged with kicking in the door of a woman’s Fairfield house early Thursday morning.
It was nearly 3 a.m. when Darin Knight, 33, of Rome, allegedly kicked in the door of the Ridge Road home.
The home’s owner, a woman whom Knight knew, was inside with several other people, Fairfield police Chief Tom Gould said.
Gould said Knight, a 6-foot-2-inch former boxer who once was the New England Boxing Championships welterweight champion, didn’t like that the guests were there.
“That’s the reason he kicked the door in,” Gould said.
Gould said Knight ordered the other people out of the home, which he has never lived in.
The woman called police, who summoned Knight on charges of criminal mischief and criminal trespass. The door was valued at about $200, while a mirror broken in the incident was valued at about $50.
Gould said police are pursuing another possible charge against Knight because he texted the victim and attempted to convince her not to press charges against him.
“If you try to intimidate or coerce somebody into dropping the case, you can be charged with tampering with a witness,” Gould said.
When Knight was a Messalonskee High School senior in 1998, he anchored the school’s successful cross country team. After graduating in 1999, he was a pipe installer in Massachusetts before returning to Maine to train at the Portland Boxing Club with the support of his father, Dana Knight, also a boxer.
In 2003, at 22, he received high praise for his gracious attitude in the face of a controversial split decision that cost him the New England Golden Gloves championship.
In 2004, Knight was arrested in a Waterville bar and charged with disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest.
He continued his boxing career until at least 2006.
Knight is scheduled to appear in Skowhegan District Court on the two class E crimes, each of which carries a maximum penalty of six month’s incarceration and a $1,000 fine.