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Police say crowbar attack left Appleton woman critically injured

Man told police that he 'believed he killed' the victim
By Stephen Betts | Jul 27, 2020
Photo by: Knox County Jail James M. Flynn

Appleton — A 54-year-old Appleton man remains at the Knox County Jail, accused of attacking a woman in the head with a crowbar.

The victim was initially taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and was then sent to be taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland with a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain, according to an affidavit filed in court by the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit was called in because of the possibility the victim might die from her injuries, according to the affidavit.

Arrested Saturday evening, July 25, was James M. Flynn, 54, of Appleton. He was charged with Class A elevated aggravated assault.

He was taken to the jail in Rockland and made his initial appearance Monday, July 27, in the Knox County court. Judge Paul Mathews set bail at $50,000 cash or $250,000 of surety (property).

According to the affidavit filed in the Knox County court by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Flynn called Knox County Regional Communications and said he believed he killed the victim by striking her with a crowbar.

Police arrived and detained Flynn. The woman was upstairs sitting in an office chair, covered with blood. The woman was conscious but was disoriented.

The affidavit stated that Flynn said the woman was frequently critical of him and July 25, "ripped into him." He told the officer that he went to the barn, got the crowbar and then went upstairs where the woman was and struck her perhaps as many as four times with the crowbar.

Flynn expressed regret to police, saying he could not believe what he had done.

He has no prior criminal record, according to Assistant District Attorney Lynn Madison.

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