April 20, 2018
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Union man accused of pointing cocked handgun at woman

Knox County Jail | BDN
Knox County Jail | BDN
Damion Taylor
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

UNION, Maine — A 38-year-old Union man made his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon after being arrested Saturday night, accused of pointing a handgun at a woman.

Damion Taylor was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and criminal mischief.

On Wednesday, Judge Susan Sparaco ordered Taylor released on unsecured bail. Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody had asked for bail to be set at $1,000 cash because of the seriousness of the charges.

The prosecutor acknowledged that Taylor has no criminal record.

On Saturday, a woman called police from a Sennebec Road home to report a domestic dispute. During the argument, she said Taylor grabbed a handgun, cocked it, and pointed it at her, Sheriff Donna Dennison said.

The woman locked herself and her two small children in a bedroom and called police. Four officers responded and arrested Taylor and seized a Ruger P89 handgun.

Alcohol was a factor in the crime, the sheriff said.

The woman and children were not physically harmed, the sheriff said.

Taylor was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.

Defense attorney William Pagnano said that Taylor disputes the woman’s allegations and said that his client simply removed the weapon from the home and did not threaten anyone. He said the alleged victim may have some mental health issues.

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