May 24, 2020

Man indicted in firing of rifle at Bangor police in standoff > Grand jury also targets arson, stabbing, robbery

BANGOR — A Bangor man who fired at police with a semiautomatic rifle during a November standoff was indicted on attempted murder charges Monday by a Penobscot County grand jury.

The grand jury also handed up indictments in three other major cases: an arson in Brewer, a stabbing in Millinocket and a robbery in Bangor.

Dean Douglas, 36, is accused of firing more than 25 rounds from the second-floor window of an apartment building at the corner of Market and Curve streets.

Douglas allegedly told police that he hadn’t eaten in three days and would start killing people if a pizza weren’t delivered to him.

“Dean Douglas … was insisting that there were no options left to him, and he wanted to die at the hands of police in a gun battle,” according to a court affidavit by Bangor police Sgt. Robert Bishop.

No one was injured in the incident, but several officers reported that some of the shots narrowly missed them. Douglas surrendered to a police negotiator after a four-hour standoff in which approximately 20 area residents had to be evacuated and moved to a temporary shelter at John Bapst Memorial High School.

The grand jury indicted Douglas for attempted murder, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and criminal trespass.

Sean Eriksen, 19, formerly of Houlton, was indicted Monday on charges of aggravated assault, tampering with a victim and unauthorized use of property for his alleged attack on 18-year-old Benjamin Sickles of Millinocket in November.

Police say Eriksen slashed Sickles’ throat to keep him from testifying in a Houlton case in which Sickles was a witness and victim. Sickles received 28 external stitches and 10 internal stitches, according to Deputy Penobscot County Attorney Michael Roberts.

Sickles told police that before the attack, his assailant mentioned the name of Jessie Dumais, the defendant in the earlier case. Based on Sickles’ description and a record of Dumais’ associates, police targetted Eriksen as a suspect.

He was arrested in New Port Richey, Fla., and is fighting extradition.

The jury handed up an indictment charging arson and burglary against Daniel Marden, 19, of Bangor for his alleged role in a December fire in Brewer.

Before the fire, police say, Marden and a friend confronted a 14-year-old girl at Skate Scene in Bangor. The girl is a resident of the Silk Street house where the fire occurred.

The blaze apparently was set with gasoline on the snow and later spread to a small segment of the house’s siding before it was extinguished. Police said there were five or six residents home at the time, including two young children.

Also indicted Monday was Justin Marsh, 19, on charges of robbery, burglary and receiving stolen property for his role in an Oct. 14 armed robbery on Essex Street in Bangor.

Marsh was extradited from Utah, where he allegedly stole a car.

Marsh and an alleged accomplice reportedly took an ounce of marijuana and about $1,500 in cash at gunpoint. He is one of several individuals connected to a string of local robberies that involved drugs, retaliation and criminals for hire. That investigation so far has yielded five arrests and two convictions.

Grand jury proceedings were held a week earlier than usual because of the coming installation of a statewide integrated computer system in Penobscot County Superior Court. No criminal proceedings will be held there during January.

The grand jury also handed up the following indictments:

Corey Austin, 20, Millinocket, theft.

Walter Colburn, 39, Bangor, operating a motor vehicle after revocation of a driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Alan P. Condon, 28, Palmyra, eluding an officer, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, criminal speeding.

Michael Hatch, 48, Bangor, theft.

Corina T. Porto, 33, Bangor, operating a motor vehicle after revocation of a driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Paul St. Onge, 26, Bangor, failure to appear.

Angus Worcester, 32, St. Albans, operating a motor vehicle after revocation of a driver’s license.

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