Police arrested an Enfield man after he communicated a death threat to another man on Facebook and resisted arrest, according to Lt. James Ellis of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.
Shortly before 9 a.m., multiple sheriff’s deputies and state police officers responded to a complaint about a dispute reportedly involving firearms on North Street in Enfield. Upon arrival, police found out that Patrick McMullin, 20, had threatened to kill Mikel Thibeault, 23, via Facebook.
When officers went to talk to McMullin, they discovered he had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. McMullin tried to fight the officers before they placed him under arrest.
“Facebook complaints are very difficult because of First Amendment issues,” Ellis said. “But this one obviously rose to the level that officers thought that Mr. McMullin had in fact threatened Mr. Thibeault and charged him with terrorizing.”
Ellis said McMullin is being held without bail at this point because of his previous warrant for failure to appear and will probably be arraigned in court Thursday morning. The relationship between McMullin and Thibeault is unknown.