Criminal Charges Filed for 12/30/20 Knife Assault

Press Release

Bath Police Department has concluded its criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the knife attack that occurred on December 30th at Middle St. and North St. in Bath.

On that day, a 35‐year‐old, knife‐wielding Bath man randomly attacked a 72‐year‐old man in the street. Responding officers employed less‐than‐lethal means (Taser) to take the suspect into protective custody before any other members of the public were harmed. The suspect was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Officer Devin Hook, along with other members of our patrol and criminal investigations division, investigated the assault and, on January 11th, obtained an arrest warrant for Ghaith Malkawi, 35, of Bath. Officer Brett McIntire, with assistance from Brunswick PD, arrested Malkawi in Brunswick this morning. Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Dept. Transport Division brought Malkawi to Two Bridges Regional Jail. Bail was set at $1,000 cash.

Malkawi’s arrest warrant was for the following charges:

  • Aggravated Assault, class B felony.
  • Assault, class D misdemeanor.
  • Criminal Threatening, class D misdemeanor.
  • Reckless Conduct, class D misdemeanor.
  • Refusing to Submit to Arrest/Detention, class E misdemeanor.

We are thankful for the public’s assistance in concluding this investigation and want to reiterate our concern for people suffering from mental health crises, which are an ever‐present issue law enforcement deals with.

- Deputy Chief Andrew Booth

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