June 23, 2018
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Man accused of refusing to leave Portland bagel shop, assaulting police

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A man is facing a trio of charges after he refused to leave a local bagel shop, police said.

Police were dispatched to Bagel Works on Temple Street just after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to deal with Kraven Blak, 33, who wouldn’t leave the shop, according to Lt. Scott Pelletier.

Blak allegedly was wandering around the shop, moving chairs and tables around and claiming that he owned the establishment, Pelletier said.

An employee pointed out Blak to Officers James Keddy and Kong Van Nguyen, and when the suspect was questioned and escorted out of the shop, he refused to cooperate, according to Pelletier.

Blak wound up kicking Keddy and Van Nguyen in the legs, hands and groin before finally being taken into custody, said Pelletier. When he was taken to Cumberland County Jail, he reportedly refused to cooperate with jail staff and was placed in a holding cell.

Pelletier said Blak, who has no criminal history, had no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his arrest. He was booked and charged with assault on a police officer, refusing to submit to arrest and criminal trespass.

Blak later was released on bail.

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