BANGOR, Maine — A District Court judge set bail at $50,000 cash for a local man who caused a brief but tense standoff last week at his residence.
Harold Rogers, 43, of Bangor was charged with aggravated domestic violence assault and aggravated criminal mischief.
He did not enter pleas at his first court appearance Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
Judge Gregory Campbell said the $100,000 cash bail requested by the Penobscot County district attorney’s office was too high but that half that amount was appropriate.
Rogers said through the attorney of the day that he was unemployed and unable to post such a high bail.
He remained Monday night at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail. Rogers’ next court appearance is set for July 5.
Rogers was arrested Friday afternoon after police — including members of the Bangor Police Department’s Special Response Team — converged at 80 Elm St. after receiving a report about 3:20 p.m. that a man was inside threatening to commit suicide with a firearm, according to a previously published report.
Rogers was taken into police custody shortly before 4 p.m., after he left his residence unarmed and attempted to climb over a fence in the backyard, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Friday.
The aggravated domestic violence assault charge stemmed from an argument Rogers allegedly had with his girlfriend earlier in the day, Assistant District Attorney Brendan Trainor said Monday. During that argument, Rogers tried to strangle the woman with a shower curtain, the prosecutor said.
The criminal mischief charge was filed after Rogers kicked out the window of a Bangor police cruiser, Trainor said.
If convicted, Rogers faces up to 10 years in prison on the most serious charge of aggravated domestic violence assault.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.
BDN reporter Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.