Police called to Old Town apartment twice leads to three arrests

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted July 16, 2013, at 3:12 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Two visits by police to the same Old Town apartment early Tuesday morning led to three arrests.

When Officers Josh Loring and Ryan Fitch first arrived shortly after 1 a.m., they were greeted with the noise of several people fighting, according to Capt. Kyle Smart.

Orono police were called to back up the pair as the officers decided to investigate the situation, Smart said.

A man who opened the door, Zachary Elkins, 21, of Bangor, who had a bloody scratch on his cheek, indicated to police that nobody else was inside the apartment, according to Smart.

Police believed otherwise, and citing concern for injured persons, decided to check. When officers announced their presence, a woman who Smart said “didn’t want to be involved in what was going on” emerged from a hallway.

Officers later learned that two men, including 25-year-old Donald McMahon of Old Town, had allegedly been fighting and fled when police arrived, according to Smart, but Orono police Sgt. Scott Scripture and Officer Chris Watson advised they had found McMahon.

“He was soaked in sweat and had cuts and scratches,” said Smart, adding McMahon was highly intoxicated.

Learning that he had three warrants for his arrest and was on probation, he was placed under arrest, the captain said. Information on McMahon’s warrants and probation weren’t available.

As Fitch and Loring were returning from bringing McMahon to Penobscot County Jail, they were dispatched to the same address for another reported fight at 2:30 a.m.

Elkins was warned for disorderly conduct, and a woman who answered the door told Fitch that Elkins had punched her in the nose.

Elkins apparently refused to tell police his side of the story and was placed under arrest for domestic violence assault, Smart said.

While Fitch was arresting Elkins, another woman in the apartment, Cassandra Murchinson, 20, of Ellsworth, was repeatedly yelling and swearing at the officer, Smart said.

Fitch warned her for disorderly conduct, but Murchinson continued to yell, took a bedroom door off its hinges and threw it, the captain said.

Loring placed Murchinson under arrest and charged her with disorderly conduct, Smart said.

Murchinson and Elkins have both been released on bail, while McMahon remains in jail Tuesday afternoon.

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