Belfast man accused of terrorizing police, corrections officers

Posted June 11, 2012, at 6:19 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A local man arrested Sunday afternoon on domestic violence-related charges found himself in a lot more trouble later that night after allegedly threatening and fighting with officers at Waldo County Jail.

Jeremy Arpan, 33, of Belfast initially had been charged with domestic violence criminal mischief, domestic violence assault and domestic violence terrorizing, according to Sgt. John Gibbs of the Belfast Police Department.

Gibbs said he preferred not to discuss details of the domestic violence situation but did say that Arpan spent several hours at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast after the initial arrest before being transferred to the Belfast jail about 11 p.m.

When two corrections officers there tried to serve him with the criminal summonses, “he came unglued,” Gibbs said.

“He fought with them for awhile,” he said, apparently kicking one of the officers hard enough to leave a bruise.

Gibbs was called in for backup and also received some of Arpan’s alleged hostility.

“He threatened to come to our houses and kill us with guns,” he said. “The threats were taken seriously.”

Eventually, the officers placed Arpan in a restraint chair and wrote him up for the rest of the summonses, which by that time included refusal to sign a uniform summons and complaint, assault on a corrections officer, assault on an officer, terrorizing Sgt. John Gibbs, terrorizing Corrections Officer Jeb Fay and terrorizing Corrections Officer Matt Hopkins.

After the jailhouse fight, Arpan’s bail was set at $10,000 surety or $5,000 cash. He remained in police custody Monday afternoon.