Bangor transient accused of criminal trespass after refusing to leave health center

Posted May 10, 2013, at 1:38 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A 52-year-old Bangor transient was arrested Thursday afternoon after repeatedly refusing to leave a Cedar Street health center, police said.

Gene Cowette, who was intoxicated, also made several verbal threats to police when they responded shortly after 1 p.m., according to Sgt. Paul Edwards.

“He threatened to assault the officers several times,” Edwards said.

Staff at the Community Health and Counseling building had asked Cowette to leave multiple times, and police were called when he refused to do so, Edwards said. Officers gave him a criminal trespass warning and he left.

Cowette returned shortly after, and he was placed under arrest and charged with criminal trespass and brought to Penobscot County Jail, the sergeant said.

Cowette was previously arrested in 2008, according to BDN archives. That spring, he called Hampden police to notify them he had been shot, when no actual shooting occurred. He was charged with filing a false report.

Cowette has been released on bail.

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