May 26, 2018
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Presque Isle woman’s call to police results in arrest of her boyfriend on unrelated warrant

Vernon Margison
By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Presque Isle woman who told police her boyfriend had witnessed her receiving harassing phone calls ended up watching him being taken away in handcuffs after authorities discovered that he was wanted on charges in another state.

Presque Isle Police Chief Matt Irwin said Monday that the incident took place on Feb. 27, when a woman on Pleasant Street called and complained about receiving harassing phone calls. Irwin said that she told police that her boyfriend, Vernon Margison, 44, was a witness to the unwanted calls.

Officer Kevin Reed responded and did a routine check on both individuals to see if there were any open warrants. It was then that Reed discovered that Margison had an outstanding arrest warrant from New Bedford, Mass., for sexual assault and indecent assault and battery on a minor under 14 years of age.

Irwin said Monday that he was not sure how old the warrant was.

Margison was arrested and charged with being a fugitive from justice and taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton. Irwin said that authorities in Massachusetts plan to extradite Margison, which likely will take place in the next 30 to 60 days.

To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.


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