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Suspect arrested in Pickering Square incident allegedly attacked man

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Bangor Police officers Brain Smith (left) and Joe Baillargeon right take John Leonard, 47, of Bangor into custody on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Leonard was arrested and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor man arrested and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon after a fracas Monday afternoon in Pickering Square remained in jail early Tuesday evening.

Several Bangor police officers responded after Pickering Square garage attendants called to complain about drunken, disorderly behavior by a few men, who also appeared to be fighting.

“There were a bunch of guys down there who were intoxicated and yelling at passers-by,” said Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards. “Apparently they attacked a male victim and one of the men kneed the victim in the groin and then showed a knife.”

John C. Leonard, 47, of Bangor was taken into custody and charged. He remained at the Penobscot County Jail early Tuesday evening after failing to post $500 cash bail.

The incident was reported at 2:23 p.m. Monday.

“There were a number of heavily intoxicated people around there, so it was hard to get good witness statements,” said Edwards. “But apparently one of the men pulled a knife and threatened somebody.”

Officers searched for a weapon, and Edwards confirmed that they did recover a spring-assisted, folding knife at the scene.

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