AUBURN, Maine — A Lewiston man is being held on $2,500 cash bail at the Androscoggin County Jail after police say he held them at bay at the Morning Star Motel on Lisbon Road for six hours.
Jeff Sewell, 43, was arrested shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and causing a police standoff. He is expected to make his first appearance in court this week.
According to Lewiston police, Sewell had been living at the motel. Court records show that Sewell is from Corpus Christi, Texas.
The standoff started around 7 p.m. when motel occupant Richard Lamothe said Sewell had a gun and had threatened him. Lamothe said he argued with Sewell and notified motel management after he began to load a rifle.
Soon after, police blocked off a section of Lisbon Road near the motel and surrounded the building with guns drawn. They used a bullhorn to try to communicate with the person inside.
During the evening, Lewiston police were joined by the Maine State Police Tactical Team, who went to the scene with at least one armored vehicle to assist in the operation. As midnight approached, police ordered bystanders away from the scene and began to evacuate the motel as more officers continued to arrive.
Shortly before 1 a.m., police said, Sewell surrendered and was arrested.
“We’re glad it ended peacefully and no one was injured,” Lewiston police Lt. Michael McGonagle said.
Sewell has no arrest record in Lewiston-Auburn. However, he was charged in another town with operating under the influence.
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