Man charged after allegedly carrying rifle through Bangor on bath salts

Posted July 28, 2011, at 11:33 a.m.
Christopher Thompson
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Christopher Thompson

BANGOR, Maine — The man police say consumed “bath salts” and took off from his home Tuesday night carrying an assault-style rifle and ammunition has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Walter Street resident Christopher L. Thompson, 31, who admitted to police that he had taken the lab-made stimulant outlawed in Maine earlier this month, was summoned on the misdemeanor weapons offense on Wednesday, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday.

Police were called to Walter Street around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to deal with Thompson, who was acting erratically and who reportedly told an ex-girlfriend he was on bath salts and “that people were coming out of his mattress,” the sergeant said Wednesday.

Bath salts, a designer drug that became illegal in Maine at the beginning of July, usually contains mephedrone or Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV. Police, doctors and emergency responders have reported signs of paranoia, hallucinations, convulsions and psychotic behavior in users of the drug.

Thompson left his residence on foot carrying an M4 rifle wrapped in a blanket and a backpack that held a full magazine and 18 separate rounds of .223-caliber ammunition, according to police.

He was found on Buck Street without the rifle and, when confronted about it, took police to a shack where he had stashed it. Police confiscated the weapon.

Thompson did not tell police why he removed the gun from his apartment or what his plan was, Edwards said.
Thompson has a few criminal convictions on his record, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News, but all are from more than six years ago.

He was convicted of failing to stop for an officer, criminal mischief, possession of marijuana, operating after suspension, theft by unauthorized use of property, and three thefts by unauthorized taking or transfer.

If convicted of carrying a concealed weapon, a Class D offense, Thompson could face up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,000.

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