May 22, 2018
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Man accused of threatening roommates with machete

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WINTRHOP, Maine — A Winthrop man accused of threatening his roommates with a machete in a dispute over money is facing a pair of charges, according to police.

Nicholas Rolling, 20, was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of terrorizing with a dangerous weapon and criminal restraint with a dangerous weapon, both Class C felonies, according to Winthrop police Chief Joseph Young.

A 25-year-old man and a 46-year-old man were asleep in the Tappan Farm Hill Road home when the trouble started, according to Young.

Rolling woke up both men and accused them of taking his money, threatening to kill them both with the machete if the money was not returned, Young said. Rolling assaulted the 46-year-old in the face with his fist while possessing the machete in the other hand, according to Young.

At one point, Rolling took a swing at the younger man with the machete as he ran up the stairs in an attempt to flee, Young said. The suspect made a threat to kill the older man with the machete if the 25-year-old did not come back down the stairs. The younger man was never hit with the weapon, according to Young.

The 25-year-old was eventually able to call police, who responded swiftly, Young said. After witnessing no movement inside the house, police stormed in, found Rolling and took him into custody.

Rolling is being held at the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta on $10,000 bail, and he is prohibited from having any contact with his victims, Young said.

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