May 27, 2018
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State police use K-9 to subdue belligerent suspect

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A police dog was used Saturday to subdue an 18-year-old college student from Connecticut.

David Cassie Jr. of East Orange, Conn., was released Monday on $1,000 cash bail after a hearing in 6th District Court of Rockland.

Cassie is charged with assault, terrorizing, criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest and disorderly conduct.

According to a report filed by the Maine State Police, Cassie’s father had contacted police to report that his son was acting erratically and was walking with a knife along Route 131 in Warren. When two state troopers arrived in Warren, they encountered Cassie’s father, who had taken the knife away from his son. The younger Cassie, who was found in nearby bushes, was belligerent, according to the police report.

“He challenged us to bring it on,” Trooper Donald Webber stated in the report, adding that Cassie Jr. said he would take on the police K-9 as well.

After Cassie continued refusing to get on the ground as instructed, the trooper had the police dog grab his arm and bring him down. Four officers were needed to keep him down, according to the report. A spit hood was placed over Cassie’s head because of his behavior.

Cassie was arrested initially for a felony count of assault on an officer for assaulting Trooper Blaine Bronson, but that was lowered to a simple assault charge when the district attorney’s office filed its criminal complaint on Monday. District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said Bronson was not injured when he was kicked by the teen.

The prosecutor said Cassie was tested for the drug bath salts because of his erratic behavior but none was found in his system. His blood alcohol level was determined to be 0.20, and marijuana also was detected. Rushlau also said Cassie was not injured by the police dog.

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