Scuffle in Bar Harbor leads to weapons arrest

Posted July 28, 2009, at 8:24 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:01 p.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A small cache of weapons was found Monday night in a Maple Street apartment after the tenant allegedly pointed a handgun at a group of people during a confrontation outside, according to police.

Bar Harbor police Officer Soren Sundberg said that on Monday night, police found 14 rifles and five handguns in the apartment of Aaron Ward, 28, of Bar Harbor.

The firearms were found when police went to the apartment after Ward and Christopher Jones, 33, of Bar Harbor and Portsmouth, N.H., were involved in an altercation on Maple Street, Sundberg said. The officer said victims in the incident told him Ward and Jones were looking for a fight when they accosted the group Monday night.

Jones allegedly punched a man in the face and, during an ensuing scuffle, Ward allegedly drew the gun, the officer said.

“[The weapon] was pointed at [the victim] and then at his friends,” Sundberg said.

The other group of people ran to a nearby apartment and called police, he said. After police arrived at the scene, the victims told them they could find Ward and Jones at Ward’s apartment down the street.

Both Jones and Ward were arrested after police arrived at Ward’s apartment. Ward has been charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, and with possession of a concealed firearm, Sundberg said. Conviction of a Class C crime can result in a prison term of up to five years.

Jones has been charged with assault and criminal threatening, he said.

Jones posted bail in Bar Harbor but Ward was taken to Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, where he was booked and later made bail, according to Sundberg.

The 19 firearms were removed from Ward’s apartment Tuesday, according to police records.

Ward’s bail conditions prohibit him from possessing weapons pending the outcome of his case, the records indicate.

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