July 4 fight ends with stitches, jail time for Belfast man

By Ben Holbrook | Jul 08, 2014
Courtesy of: Waldo County Jail John H. Cashman

Belfast — Police arrested a Belfast man during the early morning hours of July 4 after he allegedly assaulted an acquaintance after being refused entry into an apartment.

Officers responded to a report of a disturbance at about 12:30 a.m. but when police arrived they were unable to locate the offending parties. However, about an hour later at 1:28 p.m. officers responded to a report that a person was assaulted at a residence on Bridge Street, Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said.

Cunningham said John H. Cashman, 30, and some friends had been drinking earlier when Cashman went to the victim's apartment. The victim told police he refused to let Cashman into his apartment and that's when Cashman allegedly assaulted him.

While the two were fighting, they rolled down the steps of the apartment and into the parking lot. During the scuffle, Cashman told police he fell and struck his head on a grill.

When officers attempted to arrest Cashman, he became uncooperative, Cunningham said. The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Cunningham said Cashman also received stitches from where he struck his head.

Cashman was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest or detention. He is scheduled to appear in court July 22. A Waldo County Jail official said Cashman has since posted bail but he did not know the amount of the bail.

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