BANGOR, Maine — An alert motorist who recognized a Jeep Grand Cherokee reportedly stolen by a transient who police said was “armed and dangerous” called 911 early Monday and said the vehicle was at the Broadway McDonald’s.
Jason Alan Trickett, 43, was taken into custody without incident by Bangor police officers shortly afterward on Broadway a short distance from the restaurant, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said in a statement issued minutes after Trickett was arrested.
“At about 5:07 a.m. an observant citizen called 911 to report that the white Jeep Cherokee he had seen on the news was in the drive thru of the McDonald’s Restaurant,” Bangor police Sgt. Cathy Rumsey said in an email. “Bangor Police Officers [David] Olmstead, [Nick] Huggins, and [Kevin] Haefele responded to the area and at 5:13 a.m. conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle as it was traveling outbound on Broadway.”
The stolen vehicle reortedly was being driven by Joshua White, 34, of Bangor, and Trickett was a passenger.
“Jason Trickett was taken into custody, without incident, on an active arrest warrant,” Rumsey said.
Joshua White also was arrested and charged with operating after suspension. Both men were taken to Penobscot County Jail and the Jeep was impounded.
“Any additional information, or criminal charges, on Trickett will be handled by the Maine State Police,” Rumsey said.
Trickett was wanted for stealing a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee, a loaded handgun and cash early Sunday from a home in Machiasport, and police believed he was heading to Bangor to score drugs on First Street, where last year he stabbed a local man to death in self-defense during a fight.
He was found not guilty of manslaughter in September in the May 2012 death of Andy Smith, 38, of Bangor outside 71 First St.
Police released a description of the vehicle and asked for the public’s help in finding him, and also warned residents not to approach the man.
“We do consider him armed and dangerous,” Maine State Police Trooper Jason Fowler said Sunday. “If you see the vehicle or him call 911 immediately.”
Fowler said he planned to charge Trickett on Monday afternoon or early evening in connection with the Machiasport thefts.
“We have not charged him yet because Cumberland County was at Penobscot County Jail at 8:30 a.m. to pick him up for some outstanding warrants,” the trooper said shortly after noon.
Trickett was wanted for failing to appear in court in Cumberland County in November to face a felony burglary of a motor vehicle charge and misdemeanor theft charge from March 17, 2012, according to Tamara Getchell, spokeswoman for the Cumberland County district attorney’s office.
He was indicted on a felony charge in February of this year while he was still in jail on the manslaughter charge, and was scheduled to be in Cumberland County a couple weeks after he was found not guilty and released from jail in Bangor.
Trickett will have his first appearance in Cumberland County court on Wednesday, a Cumberland County Jail official said.