PALMYRA, Maine — A local man is facing a variety of charges after allegedly assaulting another man at gunpoint last month, according to police.

Matthew Flood, 31, was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault, robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to Somerset County Chief Deputy James Ross.

On Jan. 21, a 63-year-old man approached a sheriff’s deputy’s parked cruiser and told him that he had been assaulted, and he was taking himself to a Pittsfield hospital, Ross said.

The deputy subsequently followed the victim to the hospital.

The man told police he was contacted by a woman asking for a ride so she could leave Flood’s residence, and when the man arrived, the alleged assault occurred, according to Ross.

Flood allegedly kicked the victim on the ground and removed a loaded handgun from the victim’s belt, pistol-whipping the man in the head, Ross said.

Flood also allegedly ordered the man to empty his pockets at gunpoint, taking a small amount of cash, a knife and a cell phone, Ross said.

Flood also attempted to get the man to go out back “so the victim could dig his own grave,” Ross said, but the victim was able to get Flood to let him leave, even after suffering a nearly severed ear and multiple broken ribs.

Detective Jeremy Leal took over the case due to the severity of the injuries and was able to interview witnesses and confirm Flood is a convicted felon.

Flood is being held at the Somerset County Jail on $50,000 cash bail and will appear before a judge on Friday.

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Ryan McLaughlin

BDN sports freelancer Ryan McLaughlin grew up in Brewer and is a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.