BELFAST, Maine — Arguing and fighting outside a local diner early Sunday morning culminated when one man pulled a gun and threatened two other men, according to police.
Daniel Lyford, 21, of Frankfort was arrested at 2:30 a.m. Sunday for criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
Friends William James, Ryan Parker, Devin Hayden and Daniel Lyford were arguing outside Traci’s Diner on Main Street shortly before the arrest, according to police.
Anthony Littlefield, Coleen Narofsky and Adam Ward were eating breakfast in the diner and stepped outside to see what was going on.
James, Parker, Hayden and Lyford then walked a short distance to a car, which they got into and drove behind the diner to a parking lot.
Littlefield apparently followed Lyford and his friends to the parking lot. Littlefield and the group of young men then started yelling at each other, according to a police report filed in court. To get away from Littlefield, Hayden drove over a lawn and sidewalk and pulled up by the diner again.
Littlefield walked up to them again and the men kept yelling at each other until Littlefield and Parker started physically fighting, police said.
At this point, Ward also walked up to the group. Lyford pulled a gun and told Ward and Littlefield he would shoot them. Ward stepped between Littlefield and Lyford, telling them to both leave.
Lyford unloaded his gun and passed it to Parker, who was now in the driver’s seat, police reported. Littlefield and Parker again started fighting.
Police arrived to break up the melee.
It’s unclear from the police report what the men were fighting over or if they knew each other.
Officers from the Belfast Police Department arrived and searched the car to find Lyford’s Glock 17 handgun with two loaded magazines. He was arrested and brought to Waldo County Correctional Center in Belfast. He was being held on $750 cash bail on Monday afternoon after his first appearance in Waldo County Superior Court. His next court date is Sept. 29 at Belfast District Court.
“There were several occasions that Lyford, Parker, Hayden and James could have left the area and either come to the police station or called the police. Instead they continued the confrontation by driving by the diner and parking up the street,” wrote Sgt. Walter Corey in his police report.
According to Cunningham, no one else was charged.