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Man arrested after refusing to leave Hope House in Bangor

Bangor Police Department | BDN
Bangor Police Department | BDN
Russell Johnsen
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local transient who lists his address as the Hope House was arrested Wednesday afternoon when he refused to leave the center at the request of staff, police said.

Russell Johnsen, 46, who spent five days in jail on a criminal trespass charge earlier this year, according to BDN court listings, is facing the same charge in the wake of Wednesday’s incident, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

Johnsen had been acting in a disorderly manner around 6 p.m. Wednesday, and staff warned him to leave the Hope House. The police were called when he didn’t comply, according to Edwards.

Officer Chris Blanchard arrived, and Johnsen started to leave but came right back, the sergeant said.

Blanchard warned Johnsen to leave at least five more times, but he kept ignoring the officer and was ultimately placed under arrest.

Johnsen remained at the Penobscot County Jail Thursday afternoon, the sergeant said.

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