Sangerville Teenager In Custody After Fleeing Police

Morgan Sturdivant

Updated 1 year ago

What started as a scary morning in Dexter with reports of a man with a gun has ended with the arrest of a teenager.The incident shut down traffic on Route 7 for awhile as police combed the area.The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office says a teenager from Sangerville is in custody right now after causing a tense morning for authorities and residents in the area.It was around four in the morning when the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office got a call about a stolen vehicle.”While our officers responded to the initial call, we received a second call, a second vehicle had also been stolen from Sangerville, our offices checked the area, tried to locate the vehicles, subsequently did find the vehicle, and then received a report from Dexter Police that another vehicle, which had been involved in a motor vehicle accident in Dexter just over the line,” said Lieutenant James Kane, Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office.The third stolen vehicle was a pick-up truck the suspect drove down Silver Mill Lane. Neighbors saw the car being driven erratically. Then it slammed into a utility pole, with the driver fleeing the scene.Joe Hanscom and his fiance called 911 when they saw what was happening.”One of the kids said that he pulled a gun out of the pickup, that’s when I armed myself and I stepped out onto the mud room, and he came walking out down across the field and I just wanted to make sure he wasn’t going to come for my house and that’s just what he did, he stepped downed onto the lawn here, and I walked around the corner and made it known that I was just as armed as he was. I told him he better be on his way,” said Hanscom.Hanscom says the man then headed next door. He yelled for him to be on his way again. According to Hanscom, the person never said a word and ran into the woods behind his house.Police arrived and went to look for the suspect in the woods.”He crossed the street right down in front of us and went into a different set of woods, and the policemen and the game warden both went after him,”said Alfred Lee, who lives on the street with his wife, Beth.Authorities were able to catch him, a 17-year-old from Sangerville. Police say they’re familiar with him.”He’s facing six felony charges for three of the motor vehicles that he stole also for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person,” said Kane.Police caught the teen then led him back into the woods where they believed he left the gun.The teen is being held at a juvenile detention center.


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