April 23, 2018
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Brothers arrested after being accused of criminal threatening with gun outside Houlton bar

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times

HOULTON, Maine — Two men originally from Linneus were charged with criminal threatening early Sunday morning following an altercation that involved a handgun at the Downunder Sports Pub, according to police.

Police were called to the restaurant at 10:45 p.m. after Downunder security personnel had removed Max McGuire, 34, and his brother Avery McGuire, 21, and a third unidentified person from the lounge for causing a disturbance, according to Detective Stewart Kennedy of the Houlton Police Department.

Once outside in the parking lot, Max McGuire retrieved a 9 mm handgun from his vehicle and pointed it at several individuals, according to Kennedy. Avery McGuire also reportedly punched an individual in the parking lot. The incident was captured on security cameras, police said.

Max McGuire currently resides in California, while his brother Avery is a Marine stationed in the Washington, D.C., area, Kennedy said. The two were home visiting for the July Fourth holiday.

Houlton Police Sgt. Eric Crouse, along with officers Ben Drew and Richard York, responded to the call, but the two brothers were gone before police arrived. The brothers were located at their parents’ home in Linneus.

Each man was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, and assault, a misdemeanor. A 9 mm handgun was recovered from a wooded area near the parents’ home, according to police. A late model GMC pickup also was seized.

Both men were arrested and taken to the Aroostook County Jail and were later released on bail. The two are slated to appear in Houlton District Court in late summer.

Sgt. Chad Fuller of the Maine State Police assisted in the case.


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