Police vehicles were parked outside the hospital as the investigation into Sunday's incident continued. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY STEPHEN FAY

Three men arrested at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital

ELLSWORTH — Police arrested three men on charges including assault, burglary and terrorizing following an incident at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital on Sunday afternoon.

“The three were going to visit their grandmother” in the hospital at the time of the incident, according to Ellsworth Police Capt. Troy Bires.

According to Ellsworth police, at around 1:40 p.m. Sunday, a motorist called dispatchers to report that “an occupant of a truck had motioned the threat of a weapon at another vehicle behind it.”

Ellsworth police officer Steven Mahon pulled the truck over on Main Street. Three men got out of the truck, “ignored officer’s commands to stop and ran towards Union Street,” according to the report. “The hospital was called for lockdown, however, the three were allowed access to the hospital via another person.”

Officers found the three men on the second floor of the hospital.

“After an altercation with the three males, they were taken into custody. Two of the three were treated for minor injuries before being transported to the Hancock County Jail.”

Police did not recover any weapons, Capt. Bires said.

Byron Grant, 35, of Harrington, Dirk Sawyer, 22, of Beals and Brighton Sawyer, 21, of Mercer were all arrested and charged with burglary (Class B), terrorizing (Class D), disorderly conduct (Class E), refusing to submit to arrest or detention (Class D), assault (Class D), failure to stop for law enforcement (Class E) and criminal mischief (Class D).

Byron Grant

Dirk Sawyer

Brighton Sawyer

Attorney Robert Van Horn, who represented the men at a bail hearing on Tuesday, said the three are brothers. According to court records, Brighton Sawyer has no criminal record and Dirk has one misdemeanor conviction for disorderly conduct, while the older man, Byron Grant, has several misdemeanor convictions.

All posted bail, set at $750 cash for the two younger men and $1,000 for Grant, and were released Tuesday afternoon.

The three were ordered to have no contact with one another, which Van Horn argued is onerous because the three are brothers and their grandmother is very ill.

No police were injured in the altercation, according to the press release. Hospital spokeswoman Kelley Columber confirmed there had been an incident and reported that all staff and patients were safe.

“Earlier today [Sunday], at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital we experienced a concerning situation. We are grateful to staff on duty for following protocol and law enforcement for a timely response and swift, safe resolution,” Columber wrote in an email. “All hospital staff, patients and visitors are safe.”

The Maine State Police and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office assisted. The three men are next due to appear in court on March 21.

Reporter Jennifer Osborn contributed to this report

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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