POLICE BEAT

Man just out of jail accused of texting threats, resisting arrest

Posted Dec. 27, 2011, at 4:24 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 27, 2011, at 5:39 p.m.
Tyler J. Damon
Waldo County Jail
Tyler J. Damon

BELFAST, Maine — A Belfast man who allegedly sent 28 threatening text messages and photographs in less than 12 hours was arrested this weekend on a slew of charges stemming from the incident.

Tyler J. Damon, who was staying on Miller Street in Belfast after being released from jail last week, apparently had a conflict with a man in Unity, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

Between midnight and 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, Damon is alleged to have sent the “life-threatening” messages and photos to the man, including pictures of him holding a gun, Trafton said. Investigators found that the other man had replied to the messages with pleas for Damon to leave him alone.

“Damon was truly the aggressor,” Trafton said Tuesday.

Police who arrived at Damon’s residence to arrest him found him very uncooperative, according to the chief deputy.

“He told the officers they weren’t going to take him to jail,” Trafton said.

Police had to place Damon in leg restraints in order to take him to Waldo County Jail. Once there, they put him in a restraint chair. He continued to struggle, at one point spitting on an officer.

Damon was charged with assault on an officer, terrorizing, refusing to submit to arrest, violation of conditions of release and harassment. He is being held on $2,500 cash bail at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

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