July 16, 2020

Machete-wielding transient denies allegation he violated probation

BANGOR — A transient man accused of staging a six-hour standoff last week with city police denied on Tuesday a state allegation that he violated his probation.

Shackled and still in a sling from a broken collar bone he suffered in a struggle with police, Dean Douglas, 37, made a brief appearance Tuesday afternoon at a preliminary hearing in Penobscot County Superior Court to face the charge that, if proven, could send him back to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.

At the time of his recent arrest, Douglas had been serving a four-year probation for a similar standoff with Bangor police in 1997.

Douglas began his probation in April after serving 18 months of a three-year sentence for firing shots at police after demanding a pizza be delivered to a Curve Street apartment.

Douglas also faces numerous charges, including aggravated assualt and criminal threatening, for allegedly wielding a machete and knife during the Sept. 8 standoff on the corner of Market and Curve streets and stabbing two police officers in a subsequent melee.

The officers suffered minor injuries, and both are back at work.

At Tuesday’s proceedings, Penobscot County Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts asked the presiding justice to set a substantial bond on Douglas.

Pending a full hearing on the motion to revoke Douglas’ probation, Justice Jeffrey Hjelm set the suspect’s bail at $50,000 with two sureties or $10,000 cash.

Douglas’ bail also includes conditions that he not possess alcohol or dangerous weapons.

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