Police in standoff with armed man at Lewiston motel

Spotlights from a police car light up the front of the motel room that an armed man reportedly refused to come out of at the Morning Star Motel on Lisbon Road in Lewiston on Tuesday.
Daryn Slover | Sun Journal
Spotlights from a police car light up the front of the motel room that an armed man reportedly refused to come out of at the Morning Star Motel on Lisbon Road in Lewiston on Tuesday.
Posted Dec. 04, 2012, at 8:37 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 04, 2012, at 10:36 p.m.
People gather at the Mobil gas station on Lisbon Road to watch the standoff across the street at the Morning Star Motel in Lewiston on Tuesday.
Daryn Slover | Sun Journal
People gather at the Mobil gas station on Lisbon Road to watch the standoff across the street at the Morning Star Motel in Lewiston on Tuesday.

LEWISTON, Maine — An armed man reportedly was holed up in a Lisbon Road motel room Tuesday night and refusing to come out.

Police blocked off a section of road near the Morning Star Motel at about 7:15 p.m. and surrounded the building as the standoff got under way.

Richard Lamothe said the incident began when he was threatened by the man with the gun. Lamothe said he argued with the man and notified hotel management after the man began to load a rifle.

“I don’t think the guy’s out to hurt anybody,” Lamothe said. “Hopefully, he can get the help he needs.” He said he had met the man before and that they know each other from being in the motel.

Lamothe said he just wanted to go back to his room.

At 10 p.m., the standoff continued.

Police were observed trying to contact the subject in the hotel via bullhorn, and apparently had called him on the phone, too.

One motel occupant said the suspect was armed with either a rifle or a shotgun. Inbound and outbound traffic along Lisbon Road was diverted around the scene as more officers continued to arrive.

It was not immediately clear how the incident began or whether others were in the room with the suspect.

A man who was staying at the motel said he had no idea anything was going on until the standoff was under way.

“I heard a bullhorn,” he said. “I went outside to check it out and there were police out there. It was a little shocking.”

Police tried to communicate with the suspect via bullhorn until about 8:30 p.m., the source said, when it went silent.

Inside his room, the source said he had not been contacted by police or motel management advising him whether he should stay in his room or flee. He said he had Netflix and intended to stay inside until the standoff was over.

“That’s my plan,” he said. “I have no place in particular I need to be.”

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