Ellsworth Police Log Week of Sept. 16

ELLSWORTH — A local man went to police on Sept. 5 reporting that a man had hit his vehicle with a chain and put a gun to his head at a residence off Red Bridge Road.

After an investigation, officers arrested Alex Perez Lopez, 35, of Ellsworth on Sept. 7 on a warrant charging criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C crime. Evidence collected from a search warrant executed at Lopez’s residence produced a CO2 BB gun that matched the description the victim gave to police, Capt. Shawn Willey said.


Three local businesses were vandalized with spray paint, and police are “actively working the case with business owners,” and their surveillance recordings, Willey said. The side brick wall of Coastal Interiors, a rear retaining wall at Emmaus Homeless Shelter and a former auto supply store on the Downeast Highway were all targeted with graffiti. The owners reported the vandalism on the morning of Sept. 12.

Mental health issues

Officers went to a local residence Sept. 7 for an elderly person who was having suicidal thoughts. The person was then taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Police responded with Fire Department personnel to an apartment complex on Sept. 7 for a suicidal man. The man was taken to a local hospital by police.

Police dispatchers took a call concerning a suicidal man in the Wendy’s parking lot on Sept. 9. An officer contacted the man, who voluntarily went to the hospital by ambulance.

Emergencies only, please

Police on Sept. 12 told a local resident to not call the department unless he has an emergency, after the resident made several calls about issues that he said he did not want police to deal with.

Youth issues

Officers spoke to a group of youths at Knowlton Park on Sept. 13 concerning “obscene” music they were playing.

Officers spoke with an out-of-control youth and his parent on Sept. 12.

Domestic calls

Police on Sept. 12 were called to a local residence where a father wanted his 18-year-old son removed. The son’s aunt owns the house and told officers he could stay. Police noted that the son lives with his mother at a different address.


Police received a complaint on Sept. 7 about homeless people camping along the water behind the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School, but found no one there.

A local resident on Sept. 9 requested that police stop an individual from trespassing on the resident’s property.

Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital called police Sept. 11 for a woman who had been medically cleared but refused to leave. The woman agreed to leave with the officer, who gave her a ride to a local motel.

Arrests and summonses

Cassandra Keene, 20, of Ellsworth was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault on Sept. 10. Her court date is Nov. 16.

David Li-Ocasio, 42, of Tampa, Fla., was charged with theft from Marden’s on Sept. 7. His court date is Nov. 16.

Charlie Robert, 23, of Porter was summoned on a charge of attaching false plates to a motor vehicle on Sept. 6.

Michael Roberts, 43, of Bangor was arrested on a charge of violation of conditions of release on Sept. 11.


A two-car crash occurred on Oak Street at 2:26 a.m. on Sept. 11 when Hannah C. Snider, 24, of Ellsworth failed to keep her 2015 Kia sedan in its proper lane, police said.

Snider was southbound when she crossed into the northbound lane and struck a 2016 Subaru driven by Peggy H. Wiser, 69, of Roque Bluffs. Wiser was taken to a local hospital complaining of body pain. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Police cited Snider for “operating left of solid line on operator’s side of double center line,” noting that the Kia’s front left tire blew out and rubber drag marks started about three-quarters of the way across the northbound lane. Snider was not injured.

Anne Berleant

Anne Berleant

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News Reporter Anne Berleant covers news and features in Ellsworth, Mariaville, Otis, Amherst, Aurora, Great Pond and Osborn. When not reporting, find her hiking local trails, reading or watching professional tennis. Email her at [email protected]
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