FRYEBURG — A man convicted four years ago of conspiracy in the destruction of the Fryeburg Academy gymnasium was issued a summons last week in relation to the assault on three youths with a baseball bat.
Chief Philip Weymouth of the Fryeburg Police Department announced Monday that police charged 22-year-old Maxx C. Noble, who lives in the Fryeburg area, on a charge of elevated aggravated assault.
Noble is accused of assaulting three people, ages 17 to 21, on the evening of July 19. Two people were treated at Bridgton Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, and a 17-year-old was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and put into an induced coma due to a serious head injury.
“He's up and around and in therapy,” Weymouth said of the 17-year-old. “He still can't verbally communicate.”
The assaults occurred at a residence on Ice House Road. Two men and a woman confronted the three residents of the house over a “bad business deal,” and one resident grabbed a baseball bat after the argument grew heated. The residents were attacked with the bat after it was taken away from them.
“We knew everybody,” Weymouth said. “We were looking for two people because we couldn't find them, and now we have found them and they are cooperating.”
Weymouth said he could not give the names of the victims in the attack because the confrontation has opened a second investigation.
Noble was charged in an October 2005 arson fire that destroyed the gymnasium of Fryeburg Academy, where he was a student but did not graduate. At his trial, Noble's lawyers said Noble was at the gym on the night of the fire to steal athletic equipment with co-defendant Philip Thibault, but argued that Noble left before Thibault set the fire. The stolen equipment was later recovered near Noble's home.
At trial, a jury acquitted Noble of the arson charge but convicted him of conspiracy. He was sentenced in January 2007 to 57 months in prison. Thibault, a 2003 graduate of the academy, pleaded guilty to arson and was sentenced to 40 months in prison. Both men were ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to the school.
Weymouth said Noble is on federal probation and is being monitored by an electronic bracelet.