Man arrested outside pawnshop for having concealed knife, police say

Posted March 21, 2012, at 11:25 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A man who thought someone was chasing him was arrested outside Frati’s pawnshop on State Street when police discovered he had a knife Tuesday afternoon, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

David Harris, 30, a Bangor transient, had a knife in his possession when police searched him, Edwards said.

Harris was at Frati’s when the owners observed him acting strangely, prompting them to call police, the sergeant said.

“He thought someone was chasing him, which is consistent with a bath salts user,” Edwards said.

While Harris wasn’t found to be on the synthetic drug, he did have a knife when Officer Kim Donnell searched him, and he was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a Class D offense.

He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for evaluation before being transported to the Penobscot County Jail, where he remained Wednesday.

Harris was issued a summons for marijuana possession earlier this week in Orono, during which the driver of a vehicle he was a passenger in was arrested for having a handgun in the glove compartment.

In January, Harris was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, trafficking in dangerous knives, carrying a concealed weapon, operating a motor vehicle after suspension and violating a condition of release after police found a stolen car at Ranger Inn on Hammond Street, according to Bangor Daily News archives.

Harris faces up to a year in jail if convicted of the concealed weapons charge in Tuesday’s case.

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