CHESTERVILLE, Maine — Two residents face charges after a verbal dispute over damage to a mailbox escalated into a threat with a loaded pistol, police said.
Michael L. Jacques, 46, of Sand Pond Road in Chesterville was arrested on a felony charge of criminal threatening with a firearm on Saturday, Franklin County Sheriff Lt. Niles Yeaton said Monday.
Michael Maillett, 21, also of Sand Pond Road in Chesterville, was issued a summons on misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and violation of condition of release in connection to another case.
There are mailboxes in a group and Jacques’ saw that his was dented in the front, Yeaton said. He thought he knew who did it and confronted the man.
Maillett is accused of damaging the mailbox, he said.
Jacques and Maillett were in a verbal discussion that escalated to the point they were going to fight, he said. Maillett picked up an aluminum pipe about 5 feet long, Yeaton said, according to Cpl. Ken Charles’ report. Jacques went to his truck got a pistol and loaded it, Yeaton said.
Witnesses said Jacques was armed and threatened to kill Maillett, Yeaton said.
Witnesses said Maillett got rid of the pipe and went back to his house.
Jacques posted $3,000 cash bail Saturday to get out of Franklin County jail in Farmington. He is scheduled to appear on July 25 in Franklin County Superior Court.
Maillett is scheduled to appear June 28 at Farmington District Court.
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