MAPLETON, Maine — Three people were charged with aggravated criminal threatening and aggravated criminal mischief on Friday after they mistook a newspaper delivery driver for someone else and viciously attacked his vehicle, according to police.
Three adults and two juveniles were involved in the incident early Friday morning when the newspaper delivery driver, his wife and their 10-year-old son were allegedly threatened at gunpoint and chased in their car several miles, according to the Maine State Police.
Brandon Green, 18, of Chapman and two juveniles were arrested and charged in connection with the incident, according to information supplied by Sgt. Josh Haines of the Maine State Police. Green and one of the juveniles remained in custody Saturday morning, Haines said, and the second juvenile was released Friday night in the custody of his parents.
The altercation began at about 2 a.m. Friday when the newspaper delivery driver, an independent contractor delivering the Bangor Daily News and who is not being identified because he is considered a victim, pulled into a Mapleton residential driveway as part of his normal delivery route.
At the time, Green and several minors were hiding outside the home apparently waiting to ambush the former boyfriend of one of the juveniles, Haines said.
“They had a beef with another young man and confused the driver with that young man,” Haines said. “They were lying in wait, and when the delivery guy dropped by, they ended up ambushing him, instead.”
Haines said it is his understanding that a 17-year-old member of the group was jealous of his 15-year-old girlfriend’s former boyfriend and that is who they were waiting for.
The teenage girl also was part of the ambush group, Haines said.
One of the teenagers allegedly jumped out of hiding brandishing a 30-30 rifle and used it to smash the windshield of the delivery driver’s Chevrolet Impala, Haines said. A second person shot at the car with an air-powered pellet gun creating several holes in the vehicle and damaging a tire, the sergeant reported.
Before the driver could pull out and escape, rocks were allegedly thrown at the car, causing further damage.
As the driver fled on Route 163, he was followed in a 2004 red Pontiac Grand Am, Haines said.
The victim was on his way to the Presque Isle Police Station when he called 911, Haines said, and when he reached the Mapleton-Presque Isle town line, the suspects gave up the chase and turned around.
Information provided by the victims enabled officers with the Maine State Police, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency to secure and execute search warrants at the Mapleton residence and on a vehicle located in Presque Isle, Haines said.
Firearms and other evidence were collected as police identified and interviewed five people of interest before making the three charges and arrests.
The incident remains under investigation and more charges may be forthcoming, Haines said. Police are asking anyone who may have seen anything connected to the case or had been traveling on Route 163 between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Friday and seen the red Pontiac to call state police at 532-5400.