April 03, 2020
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Bangor police use robot during arrest of man who allegedly threatened to burn down home

Courtesy of Bangor Police Department
Courtesy of Bangor Police Department
Matthew Gormely, 33, of Bangor is facing several charges after he threatened to burn down an I Street residence.

A 33-year-old Bangor man was arrested early Wednesday after he allegedly threatened to burn down a neighbor’s mobile home on I Street — in a neighborhood off outer Broadway — then barricaded himself inside his own home when officers responded to the threat.

When officers discovered that Matthew Gormely’s threat at 11:54 p.m. Tuesday — in which he allegedly displayed a gas container — was credible and that he was refusing to leave his home, they called in the department’s bomb squad, special response team and crisis negotiators, said Bangor police Sgt. Wade Betters.

The department then deployed a special robot to approach Gormely’s home at 28 I St., allowing a negotiator to try to speak with him. Then, when Gormely left his home, police subdued him by firing off two shots from a tactical projectile that’s considered less lethal than a gun, according to Betters.

He was then safely taken to the Penobscot County Jail. Police charged him with criminal threatening, a Class C felony, as well as five misdemeanors: terrorizing, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, creating a police standoff and refusing to submit to arrest.

Betters did not immediately say whether Gormely’s own home was on I Street or what type of home he lived in.


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