BANGOR, Maine — A local man is behind bars after he used text messages to threaten to kill his former girlfriend and then was found lurking near her home with a large knife, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.
Corey Seward, 20, of Bangor, formerly of New Jersey, was charged with domestic violence criminal mischief, domestic violence terrorizing, carrying a concealed weapon and terrorizing. He was arrested after a brief standoff Sunday night with police on Division Street.
The 23-year-old victim went to police about 8 p.m. Saturday to report having received repeated text message threats.
“They were death threats, threats to her family, property — everything you could possibly imagine,” Edwards said.
The victim and Seward had been dating for about a month and he got upset when she decided to break off the relationship, the sergeant said.
“She was horrified” by the threats, Edwards said.
While she was at the police station, the victim got a call from a friend saying that Seward had stopped by her apartment to pick up some items and had vandalized her room, the sergeant said.
Police were notified to keep an eye out for Seward.
Officers Doug Smith and David Farrar reportedly found Seward around 7:45 p.m. Sunday a short distance from the victim’s apartment. A standoff in which police drew their guns took place in a driveway, Edwards said.
Seward was “being aggressive, threatening and making remarks that he’s not going to jail,” the sergeant said. “Guns were drawn.”
After several tense minutes, Seward was taken to the ground and arrested. He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and remained there Monday morning on a probation hold, a jail official said.
Seward is on probation because he admitted in Hancock County Superior Court last year that he started a fire on Nov. 17, 2010, in a shed and portable toilet at a Maine Department of Transportation work site in Bucksport. In June 2011, he was sentenced to three years in jail with all but six months suspended, according to a Bangor Daily News story.
The fire caused roughly $12,000 in damage, police said at the time.
Seward, who listed a New Jersey address at the time and told police he was homeless, said he started the fire inside the portable toilet to keep warm and it spread. He was charged with arson and aggravated criminal mischief and pleaded guilty to the aggravated criminal mischief charge in exchange for dismissal of the arson charge, according to court documents. Seward, who was released after the sentencing for time served, also was ordered to serve two years of probation and to pay $8,146 in restitution.
BDN writer Bill Trotter contributed to this report.