BANGOR, Maine — Two men who were arrested at gunpoint Sunday night on Interstate 95
are facing several criminal charges, some of them felonies.
The suspects, who were riding in a Volkswagen Jetta, are accused of assaulting a passenger in another car near the Interstate 395 interchange on Odlin Road and then chasing that car to the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, where they ran it off the road, changed direction and headed back north, Trooper Chris Hashey of the Maine State Police said Monday night.
The suspects’ refusal to comply with orders to come out of their car and concerns that the two might be armed prompted the temporary closure of a section of the northbound lanes, Hashey said.
The two also were acting suspiciously, reaching around inside their vehicle. After a brief but intense standoff that lasted about 10 minutes, the two finally complied, got out of the car and were arrested without further incident.
Robert Damion Dellario, 29, of Bangor, the driver, was charged with assault, obstruction of government administration and aggravated reckless conduct, which is a Class B felony.
His passenger, 21-year-old Anthony Michael Landry of Levant, was charged with assault, obstruction of government administration, bail violation and aggravated criminal mischief, a Class C felony.
Both remained at Penobscot County Jail late Tuesday, a jail official confirmed.
According to Hashey, the series of events that led to the arrests began about 7 p.m. on Odlin Road, where Dellario and Landry were waiting to turn onto I-395, Hashey said. A male passenger in a nearby car yelled that he liked a bumper sticker on a third car, Dellario and Landry thought the passenger was yelling at them, Hashey said.
Landry then jumped out of the Jetta and began beating the man through the window, then pulled him out and continued the assault, Hashey said. Dellario reportedly joined in and kicked the victim in the head, Hashey said. Landry then grabbed a crowbar and used it to smash a window and pierce a hole in the trunk of the car the victims were in.
The people in the victim’s car called 911 and stayed in contact with dispatchers during the incident, Hashey said. They tried to get away but the suspects followed them to I-95 south as far as Carmel, with Landry hanging out the passenger side window, wielding the crowbar until he dropped it, Hashey said. Dellario ran the other car off the road at one point but the driver was able to get back on the road. The suspects then took a crossover and headed north, where Hashey caught up with them as they got close to Bangor.
Hashey said police found a bag of white powder in the Jetta that is being tested for drugs. No gun was found, he said.