Charges dropped after homeless man arrested for charging cell phone

Posted June 30, 2011, at 5:23 p.m.
Last modified July 01, 2011, at 9:28 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Penobscot County District Attorney’s office has dismissed charges against a local man arrested over the weekend on theft and weapon charges.

Shaun Fawster, 23, whom police described as a transient, was charged with theft of services as well as carrying a concealed weapon shortly before 12:30 a.m. Saturday after a city police officer found him charging his two cell phones at an electrical outlet outside a Harlow Street business.

At the time of his arrest, Fawster had a folding knife tucked underneath his shirt, according to a police report.

Fawster was taken to the Penobscot County Jail after his arrest. He was released after the charges against him were dropped.

The District Attorney’s Office has discretion over whether charges brought forward by police are carried forward.