Belfast man arrested after allegedly drawing knife during fight

Posted Nov. 21, 2012, at 4:18 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 21, 2012, at 4:47 p.m.

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BELFAST, Maine — Police arrested a local man Monday night after he allegedly drew a knife during a fight outside the Big Apple on Route 1.

Kean Ripley, 31, of Belfast was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon in connection with the fight. According to Belfast police reports, Sgt. Walter Corey was dispatched to the convenience store at a little after 7 p.m. to respond to a fight in the parking lot.

When he arrived, he spoke with one of the men, who told him that he had been in a fight with a “tall, skinny guy,” but wouldn’t name him, Police Chief Mike McFadden said Wednesday.

“While they were fighting, the tall, skinny guy pulled a knife and threatened him with it,” the chief said.

After reviewing security camera footage, police identified the mystery man as Ripley. When Corey went to speak with him, Ripley told the officer he had pulled out his knife and opened it, McFadden said.

Corey arrested him and took him to Waldo County Jail in Belfast to be booked. Ripley also was charged with disorderly conduct and violation of his conditions of release, and issued a civil citation for possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Ripley remained in custody Wednesday afternoon at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.