Police say Friendship man stole dog, shot at owner trying to retrieve pet

By Stephen Betts | Feb 06, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts

Friendship — A Friendship man is behind bars after police say he fired shots at a Cushing man whose dog he had stolen.

MacKenzie C. J. Whitehill, 22, was arrested Tuesday night, Feb. 5, by the Knox County Sheriff's Office and charged with burglary, reckless conduct with a weapon, criminal mischief and theft. The incident is alleged to have occurred the night of Feb. 1.

He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland. He made his initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in Knox County court, where Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $1,000 cash.

An affidavit filed by Detective Justin Twitchell of the Sheriff's Office stated that Whitehill had gone to dinner and then to a bar with two men. Whitehill had left his dog at the home of one of the men -- who lived in Cushing.

Whitehill met a woman at the bar and said he was going to go home with her.

The Cushing resident returned home in a taxi and found that his front door had been kicked in, and his dog taken, along with the one that Whitehall has left. He said the muddy footprints in his home looked like the boots Whitehill wore.

Whitehill then sent a video to the Cushing man showing he had taken the other man's dog, according to the affidavit.

The Cushing man then contacted a friend and drove to Whitehill's home in Friendship to retrieve his dog.

When the man who was seeking the return of his dog got out of the vehicle and approached the house, Whitehill fired three shots toward his feet with a handgun, according to the affidavit. The man got his dog and left with the friend.

Whitehill told police he did not have a handgun, but agreed to a search of the residence. The officer found ammunition for a .40-caliber handgun but no gun. Whitehill claimed he had thrown firecrackers at the Cushing man's feet.

The affidavit stated that Whitehill was stopped the following night (Feb. 2) by Rockland police for a traffic violation. While being patted down, he told the Rockland officer he generally carries a handgun, but did not have it on him. A neighbor also reported hearing gunshots on the night of Feb. 1 from Whitehill's residence.

Whitehill denied kicking in the door in Cushing, saying he had entered the house through an unlocked back door to retrieve his dog. He took the other man's dog, he said, because he did not know when its owner would be returning home. Police say the back door of the home was locked.

The detective submitted the affidavit to court to get an arrest warrant approved by a judge and arrested Whitehill.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Feb 07, 2019 07:12

It is stories like this that make me think about how misguided society is in its continued outreach to girls and women.  The male youth are just whittling away right in front of us and no one does anything.

Posted by: Judy Olson | Feb 07, 2019 07:00

Spring fever---boys will be boys

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