June 23, 2018
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Man found asleep on ground charged with threatening Bangor police, jail officers

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Police arrested an intoxicated Bangor transient early Saturday morning after he threatened an officer who tried to wake him while he was sleeping on the ground, according to police.

Officer Richard Polk found a man lying on the ground near Dunkin’ Donuts on Main Street in Bangor who “didn’t want to wake up,” according to Bangor police Sgt. James Buckley.

When Polk attempted to jostle the man awake, the man, later identified as Mark Whitmore, a 52-year-old Bangor transient, said, “Touch me again, I’ll blow your head off,” the sergeant said while reading from the police report.

Polk and another officer then held Whitmore down and handcuffed him so they could search for weapons. The search didn’t turn up any weapons or other contraband, Buckley said.

Whitmore was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with criminal threatening and violation of conditions of release.

A second count of criminal threatening was added when Whitmore told officers at the jail that he would burn and shoot them, according to the police report.

“Looks like [Whitmore] has a lengthy history with us,” Buckley said.

Whitmore appears in past Bangor Daily News court listings for crimes ranging from disorderly conduct to assault.

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