Rockland man accused of threatening to attack group with hammer

Mon, 01/30/2023 - 7:45pm

    ROCKLAND — A Rockland man was arrested shortly after midnight on Jan. 27 when police responded to a report of a suspect in a physical altercation with a group of people and allegedly threatening to fight them with a hammer and chisel.  

    Daniel P. Barnes, 35, of Rockland, was arrested and charged with two counts of domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, refusing to submit to arrest and domestic violence assault.

    Barnes made his initial appearance in Knox County Court Jan. 27 where Judge Sarah Gilbert set his bail at $5,000 cash with no third party allowed. His bail conditions include a Maine Pretrial Contract, supervised release and wearing an electronic monitor.

    When police responded to a residence on Knott Street, they learned the male suspect had fled the scene through a window, but they were able to locate him after searching the area on Spruce Street, according to the affidavit filed in court by Rockland police.

    Police said that Barnes was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and before he fled, was armed with a hammer, allegedly struck a woman, smashed items at the residence, and also threatened to fight law enforcement officers when they responded to the scene.

    Rockland Police were assisted by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.

    Reach Sarah Shepherd at news@penbaypilot.com