May 20, 2019
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Brunswick man faces charges for police standoff

BRUNSWICK, Maine — At least three law enforcement agencies have filed criminal or civil charges against a Brunswick man who led police on a chase from Lisbon to Brunswick and a six-hour standoff early Sunday morning at his home on Mere Point Road.

Andrew Akladiss, 35, remained in the emergency department at Mid Coast Hospital on Monday in stable condition, according to a hospital spokesman. He was taken to the hospital for observation shortly after surrendering to police Sunday, according to Brunswick police Cmdr. Marc Hagan.

Akladiss was charged by Brunswick police with the civil offense of creating a police standoff. He also faces charges that include eluding an officer and driving to endanger from other area police departments.

Just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Lewiston police issued an alert for Akladiss and his 2014 BMW, after he allegedly threatened to kill himself with a weapon in that city, Hagan said.

A friend took the weapon, but Akladiss had left the scene before police arrived, according to Hagan.

A Lisbon police officer attempted to stop the BMW near Lisbon Road in Lisbon Falls, but eventually lost sight of the car and ended pursuit after hearing over the radio that Topsham police and the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office had spotted it, Lisbon police Chief David Brooks said.

Topsham police pursued the BMW into Brunswick, according to Hagan, and Sagadahoc and Cumberland county deputies assumed the pursuit as Akladiss crossed the Frank J. Wood Bridge into Brunswick, according to Chief Deputy Brett Strout of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office. Strout said they halted the chase before the former Parkview Adventist Medical Center on Maine Street.

When Brunswick police arrived at Akladiss’ Mere Point Road home, they learned he had threatened to kill himself if police entered the house, Hagan said Sunday. Police also knew there were at least two firearms in the home, he said.

The department’s special response team, the Cumberland County Emergency Services Unit and Freeport Police Department’s police dog also responded to the scene, and Akladiss allegedly continued to refuse requests to leave the home.

Eventually, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deployed its robot into the home and, after determining Akladiss was in his bedroom, the robot broke a window to that room and Akladiss emerged from the house, according to Capt. Scott Stewart of the sheriff’s office.

Akladiss continued to be uncooperative, Hagan said, but was taken into custody at 2:16 a.m. Police allegedly found an AR-15 rifle and shotgun in the home.

According to Hagan, if Akladiss is found guilty of the civil offense of creating a police standoff, he could be required to reimburse all the law enforcement agencies that responded to the scene. Hagan, Strout and Stewart said they were tallying their departments’ costs Monday.



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