May 20, 2019
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Carmel man accused of assaulting officers

Penobscot County Jail | BDN
Penobscot County Jail | BDN
Robert Anthony Bell

CARMEL, Maine — A Carmel man has been arrested in connection with assaults on two Penobscot County sheriff’s deputies who were called to an East Court home Thursday night for a medical emergency.

Robert Anthony Bell, 27, was charged with assault on an officer, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, Chief Deputy William Sheehan of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon in a news release.

Bell is being held at the Penobscot County Jail on $75,000 cash bail, Sheehan said.

The series of events that led to Bell’s arrest began about 7:40 p.m., when Penobscot County sheriff’s deputies and Carmel ambulance personnel were sent to East Court for a medical emergency involving Bell, according to the chief deputy.

While the deputies and emergency medical personnel were attempting to assist Bell, he became combative and at some point retrieved a shotgun and discharged a round, Sheehan said.

Bell put the weapon down and was subdued by deputies. While Bell was being taken into custody, a deputy was injured, according to Sheehan.

It was not immediately clear what type of injury the deputy incurred.

Bell was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment. While at the hospital, Bell assaulted another deputy, Sheehan said.

Bell was arrested Friday morning at EMMC after being medically cleared, the chief deputy said.

The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are likely, Sheehan added.

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by members of the Maine State Police, Hampden Police Department and Carmel ambulance service.

Watch for updates.


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