May 28, 2018
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Transient arrested after allegedly giving Bangor police phony name

Jeffrey Leblanc
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A 34-year-old man purporting to be a transient from Massachusetts was arrested Thursday after refusing to provide his real name to Bangor police officers attempting to investigate an assault complaint lodged against him, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

Jeffrey Leblanc had been watching television with a group of people in an apartment at 245 Essex St. when he allegedly — for a reason that remains unknown to police — smacked one of his fellow viewers “upside the head,” Edwards said, citing an arrest report.

The person who was struck reportedly told police officers that he and Leblanc did not know each other and that he did not know why the transient hit him, Edwards said. Edwards said the victim was not badly injured and did not require medical attention.

Police officers charged Leblanc with refusing to provide his name after he gave them several versions of a phony name, Edwards said. Edwards said this sometimes happens when a person being questioned by police officers is wanted on a warrant, which he said was not the case with Leblanc.

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