Man charged by police following Rockland stabbing over white supremacist tattoos

Posted:  Monday, February 5, 2018 - 7:45pm
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ROCKLAND — A man from Jay remains in jail after being accused of stabbing another man and seriously injuring him during an argument over white supremacist tattoos.

Mark McCrillis, 35, was arrested Feb. 1 by Rockland police and charged with elevated aggravated assault.

He made his initial court appearance Feb. 2 in Knox County Unified Court. Judge Paul Mathews set his bail at $5,000 cash, with no third party bail allowed.

According to the affidavit filed by Rockland police in Knox County Unified Court, they responded around 8 p.m. Jan. 31 to a report of a fight and a male bleeding in the roadway on Pacific Street. When the officers arrived, they were met on the street by two people who directed them to an apartment where the victim was inside bleeding.

Police found the victim, covered in blood, using his left hand to apply pressure on his right forearm that had been cut open. Officer Addison Cox immediately applied a tourniquet to the man’s arm before Rockland EMS arrived on the scene. The man had a deep laceration to arm, severing an artery.

The victim was initially transported to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland for minor bleeding in his brain and nerve damage to his right arm from the laceration, according the affidavit.

During their investigation, police followed a blood trail down Pacific Street where they found a puddle of blood and pieces of a broken beer bottle. When police interviewed the man at the hospital, he told them that McCrillis allegedly hit him over the head with the beer bottle then stabbed him in the right arm with a piece of the glass.

The victim and a female friend had meet McCrillis at a local bar and they had planned on going back to the Pacific Street residence. The friend told police that the victim is a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremist group. According to the report, McCrillis said that he was also a member of the group, but he could not show the victim the tattoos representing the group. The men got into an argument which lead to the stabbing, police said in the affidavit.

McCrillis will appear in court again on March 15.

Reach Sarah Shepherd at news@penbaypilot.com