Rockland man gets 9 months for hammer assault
Rockland — A 21-year-old Rockland man was sentenced to nine months in jail Sept. 6 after he pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault, criminal mischief and terrorizing.
In June, Gabriel P. Grover caused an incident that left one man injured and a windshield smashed with a rock.
Knox County Sheriff deputies John Hansen, Paul Pinkham and Game Warden Mark Merrifield responded to a call of a fight involving a hammer on the Western Road in Warren. When authorities arrived, they interviewed the victim, who told police Grover "lost it" following a verbal argument and had assaulted him with a hammer, according to an affidavit filed in court.
The man was holding a bloody towel to his hand and had a red mark on his forehead from being struck with a hammer, he told police. Warren Emergency Medical Service responded to the scene, but the victim refused treatment.
A vehicle in the driveway had been damaged, and police were told Grover had taken a rock and heaved it onto the windshield, smashing it.
Grover then reportedly threatened to kill everybody on the property before running into the woods without a shirt or shoes on, said court papers.
Merrifield found Grover shortly after in a car driven by another individual and apprehended him. Grover told police he had done nothing wrong.
Grover was on probation following a 2011 conviction for eluding an officer, operating under the influence, theft by unauthorized use of property, and operating a motor vehicle without a license.
He was represented by attorney William Pagnano.
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