Florida fugitive surrenders to Bangor police after search

Posted May 27, 2010, at 8:25 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police searched the Elm Street area Wednesday afternoon for a Florida man who was wanted on a fugitive from justice warrant issued by the Daytona Beach Police Department.

A few hours later the man surrendered to police.

Ralph Simard Jr., 22, of Daytona Beach was wanted in Florida for criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. Bangor police heard he was staying on Elm Street and began searching the area just after noon Wednesday, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday.

“He took off running” when he saw officers, who continued to search for him for more than an hour, he said. Simard turned himself in at the police station around 3 p.m. and was taken to Penobscot County Jail. He was in court on Thursday trying to get an extradition waiver, which was denied, a jail official said.

“He’ll be here until Florida comes to get him,” she said.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal court listings say Simard was arrested April 19 on charges of aggravated assault, and his bail was set at $2,000. An official with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department said he failed to show up court on at least two occasions, including his arraignment, which resulted in a warrant being is-sued. It’s not clear whether the fugitive from justice warrant is connected to his April 19 arrest or another more recent crime.

Simard denied wielding a weapon in the Florida crime, said Bangor police Sgt. Brad Johnston, who handled the case.

“He was saying, ‘I didn’t shoot anybody, I didn’t shoot anybody,’” he said.

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