WISCASSET, Maine — Police continued to search Monday for a 32-year-old man who they say terrorized an 88-year-old family member.
Daniel Colby Jr. of Wiscasset allegedly ran from police on the evening of Aug. 20 when they tried to serve him with paperwork to forbid him from harassing the 88-year-old woman or trespassing at her Rumerill Road home, Wiscasset Police Chief Troy Cline said Monday.
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office dog tracked Colby back to the home later, but he again left the area, according to Cline.
“We do consider him dangerous,” Cline said. “He’s a known drug abuser, and while he is not armed that we know of, this is [a family member] he’s terrorizing.”
The woman, who was treated at a local hospital on Aug. 20, believes Colby, who “lives on and off with her,” is trying to poison her, although Cline said there is no evidence of that.
“He belittles and berates her,” he said. “It’s basically elder abuse. He’s made repeated threats and comments about wishing she would die. He’s said it so many times she’s afraid he’s trying to kill her.”
On the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 21, police went to Bradford Road after residents reported hearing shots fired, and they reportedly discovered 20 to 25 marijuana plants outside an abandoned mobile home on Colby’s father’s property that Colby has been known to stay in.
Cline said Colby’s license to grow medical marijuana has expired.
On Monday, Cline sought a warrant for Colby’s arrest. He will likely be charged with domestic violence stalking, refusal to submit to arrest or detention and cultivating marijuana.
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