Patten Arrest

Fred Whitney
Fred Whitney, 49, of Patten

A Patten man is facing charges after reportedly threatening various public officials.

On August 11, 2020, at approximately 10:09 AM the Houlton RCC received a call from the Patten Town Office reporting 49 year old Fred Whitney of Patten called the town office threatening to shoot a fire fighter who allegedly cut him off.

Throughout the day Fred Whitney also called the Aroostook County SO and Maine District Court switchboard stating he was no longer coming to his court appearances and if any law enforcement showed up at his residence he would shoot them.  Tr. Tim Saucier drafted an arrest warrant for terrorizing and disorderly conduct as well as a search warrant for Whitney’s residence in Patten.  

At approximately 4:24 PM Troop F Troopers along with members of the Maine State Police Tactical Team and Crisis Negotiation Team responded to Pleasant St in Patten where Whitney was arrested without incident.  Whitney was transported to the Penobscot County Jail.  

Lebanon Threatens People with Knife

Andrew Bleyl, 33, of Lebanon.

A Lebanon man is facing charges after allegedly threatening people with a knife.

On April 21, 2020, at approximately 1 a.m., Maine State Police out of Troop A received a report of a man threatening to stab multiple people in Lebanon. It was reported that three individuals were sitting around a campfire when a man came running out of the woods with a large hunting knife, accused them of theft, and threatened to stab all of them. The man then took off running back into the woods with the knife and was reportedly pacing back and forth at the edge of the property.

Troopers, along with two Berwick Police officers, responded to the scene. Troopers and Officers quickly located the man, who was still in the woods at the edge of the callers property with the knife. The situation was successfully deescalated and the man, Andrew Bleyl, 33, of Lebanon, was taken into custody without injury.

Bleyl was transported to York County Jail where he was charged with Criminal Threatening with a Dangerous Weapon (Class C). Bail was set at $5,000.

The State Police would like to thank the Berwick Police Department for their quick response and assistance in this incident.

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