May 21, 2018
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Man held without bail, accused of threatening officer

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 30-year-old Rockland man is being held without bail after police say he spit in an officer’s face and repeatedly said he would kill the officer.

Jason R. Walsh was arrested Monday evening on charges of felony assault, terrorizing and violating a condition of release.

According to an affidavit filed by Thomaston police, Thomaston Officer Daniel Quintero responded to a report of an intoxicated couple arguing at Applebee’s restaurant. When the officer arrived, witnesses reported that the woman had driven away with a young child, and the man had gone over toward the adjacent Hampton Inn.

The woman then returned to the restaurant and said that she had been arguing with Walsh about his drinking, and she decided to leave with their young child, police said. She told the officer that Walsh had just telephoned her and said he was hiding in bushes by the Hampton Inn, the affidavit said.

The officer went over, located Walsh and charged him with violating conditions of release. Walsh was on bail for assault and disorderly conduct and was prohibited from consuming alcohol.

When Quintero placed Walsh in the cruiser, he became rowdy and he then spit twice in the face of the officer, the affidavit said. A sheriff’s deputy at the scene with Quintero had to spray Walsh with a chemical agent to prevent further assault, according to the affidavit.

At the Knox County Jail, Walsh allegedly told Quintero that he knew where he lived and would kill him as soon as he was released. He repeated the threats several times, according to police.

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Baroody asked at the defendant’s initial court appearance Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court that Walsh be held without bail. He noted that Walsh was on bail for pending charges. The court complaint indicated that Walsh has five prior assault convictions since 2002.

The defense attorney for the day, William Pagnano, asked for bail of $2,500, saying his client, a commercial fisherman, helps care for his 3-year-old son.

Judge Susan Sparaco ordered Walsh held without bail until a Nov. 8 hearing on a state motion to revoke his prior bail.

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