Official: Charges still pending in Pittsfield vandalism rampage

Posted May 11, 2010, at 9:40 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Somerset County District Attorney Evert Fowle said charges are still pending for a New York man who went on a rampage in Pittsfield last month that ended with three police officers wrestling him into custody.

Pittsfield patrol Officer Marty Cochran said Tuesday that Matthew Wishnie, 22, of Bronx, N.Y., went on a vandalism rampage April 29 that included smashing at random a woman’s living room window at about 3:15 a.m.

The incident started when the woman, who lives on West Street, called 911 after hearing glass breaking and a man yelling. She told dispatchers that she could see a man outside “trashing things” in the area, according to Cochran.

Pittsfield patrol Officer Stephen Armiger, who was the first to respond, found Wishnie near the Nazarene Church on Somerset Avenue. After a struggle, Armiger was able to pin Wishnie to the ground and call for backup, according to Cochran. Cochran, patrol Officer Jason Emery and Police Chief Steven Emery soon arrived.

“It took three of us to control him,” said Cochran. “He was loud, boisterous and extremely out of control.” Cochran said Wishnie was not wearing a shirt and was sweating profusely. He told officers that he had been fighting with his girlfriend as they were driving through Pittsfield before he jumped out of the car.

“We had never seen him before and not since,” said Cochran.

Wishnie was taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield for scrapes and bruises and later to Somerset County Jail in Skowhegan on a warrant for an unpaid fine in Aroostook County.

An officer in the jail’s booking office said that Wishnie was released after paying $310 in bail. It was unclear Tuesday where Wishnie went after posting the bail.

Wishnie initially was booked for numerous charges, including disorderly conduct, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, attempted burglary and criminal mischief, but Fowle said those charges have been suspended until his office receives more information from the Pittsfield Police Department.

Pittsfield Sgt. Timothy Roussin said Tuesday that he was in the process of putting that information together.

“I anticipate there will be charges coming,” said Fowle.

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