June 25, 2018
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Belfast police catch nearly naked suspect in swamp

Waldo County Jail | BDN
Waldo County Jail | BDN
Victor Amaro
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — A nearly naked man who reportedly led police on a chase through a swampy area of Belfast was arrested late Sunday night and charged with two counts related to the alleged evasion.

A person called authorities Sunday and reported that Victor M. Amaro, 30, of Searsport was violating his probation conditions by drinking alcohol, according to Belfast police.

Responding police found that Amaro already had left the residence in an apparent attempt to avoid them.

When Amaro was on foot allegedly evading police, he encountered two other men on Smart Road.

“He thought they were the police and he just started fighting with them,” said Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

Then Amaro reportedly kept on going, shedding most of his clothes, except for his boxer shorts, and headed to a marshy area.

After police caught up to him and told him to stop, Amaro paused momentarily and then started running, Cunningham said.

Officers obtained a dog to help them search and the dog did find Amaro in the marsh. Amaro did not cooperate when police tried to arrest him, Cunningham said.

Amaro was charged with refusing to submit to detention and refusing to submit to arrest. He also was issued a summons for assault and was taken to Waldo County Jail.

More charges may be pending, Cunningham said, adding that police likely will seek restitution for property that was damaged during the chase — namely one of the officers’ boots.

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