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Police arrest Hampden man accused of armed confrontation with family

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

HAMPDEN, Maine — A local man was arrested early Sunday after allegedly threatening his family with a firearm, according to police.

Police didn’t know if the shotgun was loaded but said that Perry Antone Jr., 31, carried it outside and walked around his wife’s car, with her and their children inside the vehicle, Hampden Police Chief Joe Rogers said Wednesday.

“He had come home drunk earlier and they had gotten into an argument,” Rogers said.

She left the house with their children and got into her vehicle but had forgotten the keys.

“He came out and had a shotgun — we don’t know if it was loaded — and circled the car,” Rogers said.

She called emergency 911 at about 1:10 a.m. and police responded to the Back Winterport Road residence. Eventually, Antone went back inside the house and his wife and children exited the vehicle and met up with responding police at the end of their long driveway, Rogers said.

Hampden police Officer Ben Eyles contacted Antone by phone “and talked to him for about an hour,” the police chief said.

Local police had called for assistance from the Maine State Police tactical team, but they were called off when Antone, who is a son of Brewer police Chief Perry Antone Sr., exited the house unarmed and turned himself over to police.

Antone was charged with felony domestic violence criminal threatening because the crime involved a firearm, Rogers said. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and staff there referred him to an area hospital for an evaluation. Antone was later released on personal recognizance bail, a Hampden police official said. Antone’s bail conditions say he is not to use alcohol or possess weapons and he is barred from having contact with his alleged victims, a jail official said.

Antone was age 20 when he pleaded guilty in 2002 to eight counts of misdemeanor theft in relation to a three-week crime spree in the Bangor region he and two friends undertook in September 2001.

Antone told police he has been preparing for his second military deployment to Afghanistan, according to Rogers.

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