BANGOR, Maine — A local man who was arrested Saturday morning after allegedly assaulting a police officer tried a unique way of shoplifting when he went into Shaw’s grocery store, said he owned the place and would be taking whatever he wanted, police said.
Zane Schmauderer, 51, of Bangor was charged with felony assault on a police officer after he reportedly punched Bangor police Officer Dan Herrick in the face, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said in a press release Monday. Schmauderer was sentenced to a year in prison for assault on a police officer in 2007, according to prior court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.
Schmauderer also was charged with theft and refusal to submit to arrest after Saturday’s incident.
Schmauderer entered the Main Street store around 10 a.m. Saturday. He “announced that he was the store owner and would be taking things and that if anyone tried to stop him when he left, there would be trouble,” Edwards said.
When police arrived, they found Schmauderer asking for three cartons of cigarettes and standing at the checkout counter with more than $100 in merchandise in his shopping cart, the sergeant said.
“As they tried to negotiate with Mr. Schmauderer to leave the store, he became more agitated,” Edwards said. “As Officer Herrick took him by the arm, Schmauderer punched Herrick with his other fist in the face.”
Schmauderer was taken to the ground by Herrick and Officer Kevin MacLaren, and a Taser was used to control him, the sergeant said.
Herrick suffered a minor mouth injury. He was checked out at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s emergency room and then released, Edwards said.
Schmauderer was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.
He has previous convictions for assault, criminal mischief, violating condition of release, failure to appear in court and three criminal trespass offenses, according to court listings in the BDN.
If convicted of felony assault on a police officer, Schmauderer faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Correction: An early version of this story incorrectly stated that Zane Schmauderer, 51, spat on an officer. Schmauderer, who was charged Saturday with felony assault on a police officer, was convicted of the same crime in 2007 after he punched and spat on a corrections officer.