June 18, 2018
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Man in custody after lengthy standoff in Winslow

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WINSLOW, Maine — A Winslow man is in custody Wednesday morning after a standoff that spanned more than nine hours, according to police.

Police received multiple calls on Tuesday to conduct a welfare check on Matthew Savinelli, 34, of Bellevue Street, according to Winslow police Sgt. Haley Fleming.

“Throughout the evening police were unsuccessful in locating him,” Fleming said. “Later in the evening we received information that he was at his house in the area we had been looking for him.”

Police responded to the residence just after 10 p.m., but Savinelli held police at bay inside the house.

“He made lethal threats against law enforcement, if we didn’t leave he would use lethal force against us,” said Fleming.

A Maine State Police tactical team was called to the scene, Fleming said, and the standoff lasted until 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, when Savinelli surrendered peacefully.

Police found no weapons on Savinelli when he was searched, and Fleming wouldn’t reveal if any weapons were found inside the house.

“The house was [also] searched, I just can’t go into detail of what contents were found at this time,” said Fleming.

Savinelli was taken to an area hospital for psychiatric evaluation, charged with criminal threatening and released, Fleming said.

The sergeant added concern of his well-being led police to check on Savinelli in the first place.

“There are legitimate concerns from credible sources about his state of mind,” said Fleming. “That’s what led officers to him.”

Nobody else was in the house at the time of the standoff, Fleming said.

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