Trenton teen who sparked manhunt faces additional charge

Posted June 10, 2013, at 5:07 p.m.
Last modified June 10, 2013, at 5:41 p.m.

TRENTON, Maine — A local teenager accused of sparking a five-hour manhunt on Friday after he allegedly took two guns from his parents’ home is facing an added charge of burglary with a firearm, according to Maine State Police.

Last Friday, police indicated they were looking for Dylan Sargent, 16, after Sargent allegedly ransacked his parents’ house and then left around 12:45 p.m., taking the guns with him. A few hours later, police said, Sargent confronted a teenage girl at her nearby home before fleeing on foot.

Sargent was apprehended by police around 6 p.m. — at which point he no longer had the guns — by the shore of Union River Bay near the Ellsworth-Trenton town line. He was arrested on a charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. Police recovered both firearms, a .40-caliber handgun and a .30-30 Winchester rifle, at separate but unspecified locations on Friday.

The incident resulted in part of Route 230, known locally as Bayside Road, being closed for several hours and an estimated 50 law enforcement officers from various agencies assisting in the search. A Maine State Police tactical team and negotiators were among those who participated in the search for Sargent.

Because Sargent is a juvenile, Maine State Police officials involved with the case have declined to refer to him by name since he was apprehended.

Sgt. Alden Bustard of Maine State Police said Monday the charges the boy is facing stem from his interaction with the teenage girl at her home, which police believe Sargent entered.

Bustard said the boy still is being held at Mount View Correctional Facility in Charleston, where he was taken on Friday. The investigation is still open, he added, and Sargent could end up facing more charges.

Bustard said he was not sure how much longer the case will remain open or when the juvenile might make his first court appearance.

“I believe he’ll be [at Mountain View] until he is arraigned,” Bustard said.

Because Sargent is under the age of 18, his initial court appearance is not expected to be open to the public. He could end up being tried as an adult, however, if a bindover hearing is held and a judge decides trying him as an adult would be appropriate.

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