Bail set for Rockland man accused of brutal beating

By Juliette Laaka | Apr 23, 2014

Rockland — A 22-year-old Rockland man, a self-described amateur boxer, was arrested in the early morning hours of April 20 for severely beating another man.

Ryan J. Hayward was charged with aggravated assault after Rockland Police saw him on top of another man outside of the Myrtle Street Tavern, punching him so hard, the victim's head was bouncing off the pavement upon impact, said police.

At Hayward's arraignment April 23, bail was set at $2,500 cash, said lawyer of the day William Pagnano.

Officers Andrew Redden and Jacob Shirey said the victim appeared to be unconscious, and when they stopped the fight, Hayward pushed himself off the victim and announced "I didn't do anything, I was protecting myself," according to an affidavit filed in Knox County Superior Court.

The victim was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center, and could barely open his mouth to speak with police due to his injuries, but told officers he did not remember anything from the night.


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