New Limerick man accused of pointing rifle at men

Posted Nov. 21, 2011, at 6:11 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 22, 2011, at 3:49 a.m.

HOULTON, Maine — A New Limerick man who allegedly pointed a loaded weapon at two men after a fight on Spring Street was arrested by police late Sunday evening.

Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said Monday that Benjamin Carton, 27, was charged with criminal threatening with a firearm, a Class C crime, Class D threatening display of a weapon, Class E having a loaded firearm in a vehicle and a Class D charge of disorderly conduct.

Asselin said that police were dispatched to Spring Street after the occupants of a home there called and told police that Carton was outside and was pointing a loaded .22 magnum rifle at them.

Sgt. Eric Crouse and officers Richard York and Stewart Kennedy arrived on scene and took Carton into custody without incident.

The chief said that Carton had fought with two men at the residence and the pair forced him out to the home. Carton then allegedly went to his truck, retrieved the weapon and aimed it at one of the men who had forced him out of the dwelling.

In addition to the rifle, police recovered .22 magnum ammunition, a .308 lever action rifle and .308 ammunition.

Alcohol was a factor in the incident, according to police.

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