November 22, 2017
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Bangor man with history of assaults arrested after allegedly threatening First Street residents with knife

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A 31-year-old local man who was arrested in March for an assault at The Tavern on Main Street, was drunk Friday evening when he pulled a knife while arguing with people on First Street, according to police.

Matthew Wiley of Bangor had been hanging out on First Street with friends, left for a bit, and when he returned about 5 p.m., he found the door locked, Bangor police Lt. Steve Hunt said Sunday.

“It appeared he was intoxicated,” the lieutenant said, adding Wiley was being loud and hollering for a resident of the apartment to come out. “He wanted to confront somebody in the apartment. A neighbor told him nobody was there and to take off.”

Hunt noted that seconds later, however, the neighbor reported hearing a loud noise.

“He forced himself into the apartment he wanted,” Hunt said.

Wiley then took off running and ran into other neighbors who told him to quiet down, the lieutenant said. A confrontation ensued “because he’s being belligerent and loud,” Hunt added.

“He pulls out a pocket knife — a butterfly knife — and made threats,” the lieutenant said. “No one was injured.”

Police arrived and disarmed Wiley, who was then charged with Class B burglary, Class C threatening with a dangerous weapon, as well as carrying a concealed weapon, Hunt said.

Wiley was taken to Penobscot County Jail and remained there Sunday afternoon, a jail official said.

During the Tavern assault in March, Wiley apparently punched a bar employee after the employee tried to stop a verbal disagreement between Wiley and another patron, Sgt. Cathy Rumsey said at the time.

Wiley was convicted of an assault in 2011 and ordered to to spend eight months in jail and pay a $300 fine, according to Bangor Daily News archives.

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