Thursday, 01 November 2018 13:25

Bucksport man facing charges after police standoff

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BUCKSPORT - A 57-year-old Bucksport man faces numerous criminal charges after holding police at bay for several hours on Wednesday.

According to Bucksport police, a local medical office alerted them that William Benjamin threatened to set off a bomb.


After negotiating with Benjamin, police were able to arrest him without further incident and transported him to an area hospital.


Bucksport police said they were doing a well-being check for Benjamin at a Route 1 because they got a call from a local medical facility just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday.


A woman who lives in the home was taken out but Bucksport and state police had to negotiate with Benjamin before he agreed to leave the house.


"The strategy in any event like this is No. 1 for the safety for the person we're dealing with and we want a safe ending to the situation," Bucksport Police Chief Sean Geagan said.


Benjamin was taken into protective custody after 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and brought to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center to be evaluated.


Benjamin was charged with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. Police also said additional charges may be brought against him .