$500,000 Bail for Belfast Man Arrested in Attempted Murder 

A 22-year-old man from Belfast charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery remains in jail, on $500,000 cash bail.Police say Stanley Ward assaulted an elderly woman in Belfast Tuesday night. He was arrested early Wednesday morning. We’re told Ward confessed to the charges and is cooperating with the investigation.He made his first appearance in a Waldo County courtroom Wednesday afternoon. According to court documents, on Tuesday night Ward went to the home of a 72-year-old woman where his father used to do yard work. He demanded money from the woman and assaulted her, binding her wrists with duct tape before taking her to a remote camp on Dutton Pond. Police say he then cut her throat.The woman told police, at one point, Ward left and she was able to crawl back up a long dirt road to Route 137, where a passerby saw her and called for help around 9 p.m.Officials say, based on their interviews with Ward, he appears to have planned the act.”It doesn’t appear that alcohol or drugs was a factor at all, but apparently this was planned out by this defendant for the past two days….he went there, with a knife and duct tape and ended up carrying through with his plan,” says Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker.Wednesday morning, Ward returned to the camp in Knox with police, as divers searched the area for the knife. Several scenes were being processed for evidence.Crews worked through the night before arresting Ward at his home around 4 a.m. Wednesday.He’s in the Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset until his next court appearance in February.The charges against him each carry a maximum sentence of 30 years. Officials say the victim is expected make a full recovery.