June 19, 2018
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Police arrest Dexter man who allegedly threatened housemate with handgun

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

DEXTER, Maine — A resident of upper Garland Road was arrested Sunday on a charge of domestic abuse after he pulled out a handgun and threatened a 31-year-old man who lived at the same residence, police said Tuesday.

Dexter Police Sgt. Kevin Wintle said William Melvin, 58, was arrested and taken to the Dexter Police Department, where he posted personal recognizance bail and was released. More charges may be lodged as the investigation continues, Wintle said.

The victim, who lives with Melvin, told police that the pair had been arguing over a disabled vehicle at about 11 a.m. Sunday when Melvin allegedly pulled out a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun. Melvin allegedly hit the victim, who called 911, in the facial area with the gun and threatened his life, according to Wintle. Melvin also chased after the victim with an ax handle, attempting to hit him, the man told police.

Wintle said the handgun, which was seized, was loaded during the incident but there was no bullet in the chamber.

The victim suffered facial injuries during the incident but declined medical treatment, according to the officer.

The investigating officer was Dexter police Officer Daniel Cox, who was assisted by Wintle and the Maine State Police.

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