HERMON, Maine — A man who reportedly went into Dysart’s Truck Stop & Restaurant late Friday night with a bandanna covering part of his face and a pistol tucked into the waistband of his pants was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
The fact that Darrin Norman Cobb, 24, who is originally from Lincoln but now has a Bangor address, had part of his face covered and was packing a .40-caliber Glock when he arrived at Dysart’s prompted employees to call the police, Penobscot County Deputy Jay Hallett said.
Staff there told police that Cobb was in and out of the building a couple of times and that the pistol fell out of his pants at one point as he leaned over the UPS drop box outside one of the entrances. He stuffed the gun back in his pants, employees said.
When Hallett and three other sheriff’s deputies arrived about 11:30 p.m., they found Cobb just outside the convenience store part of the truck stop. They ordered Cobb, who at that point was wearing the bandanna as a headband and was holding the gun in his hand, to drop the gun, which he did without further incident.
Hallett said the gun wasn’t loaded and that Cobb wasn’t carrying any ammunition at the time of his arrest. Cobb told officers he was not aware that he was breaking any laws.
Hallett said Cobb made his way to Dysart’s after a friend he reportedly was riding with, 25-year-old Gabriel Ouellette of Lincoln, was arrested about an hour earlier by Maine State Police Trooper Forrest Simpson while driving on Interstate 95 in Hermon.
Ouellette was charged with drug trafficking and violating the conditions of a prior arrest, Hallett said.
Both suspects were taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor after their arrests. Cobb since has been released on bail. As conditions of his release, Cobb is banned from all Dysart’s locations and is prohibited from possessing firearms.
Ouellette was still behind bars as of Tuesday night, a jail official confirmed.