Freeport store owner arrested after allegedly assaulting teen, threatening others with gun

Posted July 30, 2013, at 4:48 p.m.

FREEPORT, Maine — A 46-year-old Brunswick man was arrested Tuesday after police say he assaulted a juvenile male from Freeport on Monday, and later that day displayed a handgun and threatened other teens at the North Freeport General Store.

Ryan T. Doherty of Brunswick, who owns the North Freeport General Store at 164 Wardtown Road, was charged with assault, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon following the incident, Freeport Police Lt. Susan Nourse said Tuesday.

Officers arrived just before 8 p.m. Monday to the North Freeport General Store where they were told that Doherty had allegedly assaulted a Freeport juvenile, according to Nourse.

During their investigation of the alleged injuries suffered by that youth, officers learned that earlier in the evening, some of the alleged victim’s friends, also from Freeport, arrived at the North Freeport General Store to talk to Doherty.

“During this exchange, Doherty displayed a handgun and threatened the teens,” Nourse wrote in a release. “The teens left in a vehicle.”

On Tuesday, Doherty met with police officers and was arrested, according to Nourse. He was released on $1,000 cash bail later Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in Portland Superior Court on Aug. 20.

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