Bangor woman allegedly uses Mace on two men at fair

Posted Aug. 06, 2012, at 11:23 a.m.
Renee Paine
Bangor Police Department
Renee Paine

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor woman was charged after she sprayed Mace on a Levant man who was arguing with her brother Saturday night at the Bangor State Fair, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

Renee Paine, 30, also later sprayed the victim’s father, and both times she released the chemicals — designed to immobilize an attacker temporarily — without provocation, the sergeant said.

“They were arguing about something that happened over a year ago,” Edwards said. While her brother and the 20-year-old Levant man were yelling at each other, “unprovoked she sprayed him [the Levant man],” Edwards said.

Paine and her brother encountered the Levant man while he and a female friend were waiting in line to get on a ride. The Mace incident was reported about 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

While the victim was treated by Bangor Fire Department officials at a mobile command post set up at the fair, he called his father, who also was at the carnival, to tell him what had happened.

Police began searching the fairgrounds for Paine, who used her Mace a second time shortly after she ran into the father, who is 45 and also from Levant, Edwards said.

When the father approached Paine, “he got it,” the sergeant said.

Paine, who knows both men, sprayed them without warning, Edwards said.

“Two other people were inadvertently sprayed, decontaminated by Bangor rescue crews and released,” the sergeant said in a press release.

Paine was charged with criminal use of disabling chemicals. If convicted, she could be jailed for up to one year and fined up to $2,000.

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