Rockland man gets 9 months for hammer assault

By Juliette Laaka | Sep 06, 2013
Gabriel Grover.

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.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at

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