YORK, Maine — After York police on Saturday asked a Canadian man staying at a local hotel for his identification, he returned with a gun by his side, according to police.
Police didn’t immediately know it was a toy gun, according to Sgt. Steve Spofford.
Daniel E. Sears, 42, of Calgary, Alberta, is charged with a felony count of criminal threatening with a weapon, according to a police report.
The incident happened at the Atlantic House Inn in York Beach around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the report. Police went to the hotel because women who were staying there complained Sears was harassing them, according to police.
At first Sears appeared cooperative, Spofford said. When officers asked him for identification, he said he would get it.
“He returned with a gun, held at his side,” Spofford said.
The officers were standing just inside the room, where there were also two children, both under the age of 12, according to the police report.
The officers went into the hall to call for backup, police said.
When other officers arrived, they asked Sears to come out without the gun, and he did so without incident, according to police, who said he was intoxicated.
Sears also was charged with disorderly conduct, refusing to sign a criminal summons and endangering the welfare of a child. He was taken to York County Jail.
Police called the state Department of Health and Human Services to have someone stay with the children, according to Spofford. Sears’ ex-wife was overseas and the closest relative was in California, he said.
Both were contacted and expected to arrive to take care of the children, according to police.