Old Town man faces charges in ransom hoax

Posted Nov. 22, 2009, at 7:50 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A 19-year-old man who claimed he was being held captive Friday in the parking lot of the Bangor Mall Cinemas 10 has been charged with filing a false report or alarm and failing to give a correct name and address.

The Bangor Police Department said Saturday it had received information about 5:45 p.m. Friday that Daniel Chute, who lives in Old Town and Raymond, was being held captive in a car in the movie theater parking lot on Stillwater Avenue.

The alleged captors had demanded that several hundred dollars be wired to them and had threatened to shoot Chute if they did not get the money, police said.

More than two hours later, with the assistance of a telephone company, Chute, along with an unidentified male and female, were located in a car in the parking lot of Burlington Coat Factory off Springer Drive.

Bangor police said Saturday the apparent hoax also involved the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. In addition to the police staff devoted to finding Chute and his nonexistent kidnappers, Sgt. Paul Edwards said, a local dispatcher monitored the call full time, and representatives in Florida with the AT&T National Compliance Center updated satellite-coordinate information for Bangor officers in an attempt to locate Chute.

If convicted, Chute faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. He also could be ordered to pay restitution for the cost of locating him.

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