POLICE BEAT

Recently fired Bangor man allegedly offered to pay woman to slap co-worker

Posted Nov. 10, 2011, at 12:42 p.m.
William R. Cocci
Bangor Police Department
William R. Cocci

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man who was recently fired from his job and threatened a former co-worker is facing criminal conspiracy and drug charges, according to police.

A local convenience store employee notified Bangor police Officer Chris Blanchard on Wednesday that she was being threatened by a former worker, Sgt. Paul Edwards said in a news release.

Blanchard later learned that the victim had a conversation with a woman, who told her that while she was walking on Court Street, she was asked by a man whom she had never seen before to slap the employee in the face for money, according to Edwards.

The man was later identified as William R. Cocci, 32, of Bangor, and the witness stated that Cocci appeared to be very angry and tried to relax him, the sergeant said.

The witness took Cocci’s threats very seriously, Edwards said, and advised the employee to call the police.

After police were notified, Blanchard went to Cocci’s residence and summoned him on the conspiracy charge, and a subsequent search of the residence was conducted.

Blanchard found what was appeared to be methadone in the apartment, and after making a call to Cocci’s probation officer, a probation hold was placed on the suspect.

Cocci was arrested and transported to the Penobscot County Jail. He was charged with criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of drugs, and violation of probation. (Ryan McLaughlin, BDN)

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