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Police say man threatened woman with gun, knife, axe, noose

By Stephen Betts | Nov 09, 2020
Photo by: Knox County Jail Andrew McLain

Rockland — A judge set bail at $10,000 cash on an Owls Head man accused of threatening to kill and cut up a woman.

Judge Paul Mathews set bail Nov. 9 for Andrew F. McLain during the defendant's initial appearance in the Knox County court on a series of charges.

McLain was arrested Nov. 7 on outstanding warrants for operating without a license and violation of a protective order. He was arrested on those warrants after emergency crews responded to a report that he overdosed, according to an affidavit filed in the Knox County Court by the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Once he was in jail, a 72-year-old woman contacted the Sheriff's Office to report McLain assaulted her, threatened to kill her and damaged her Owls Head home Nov. 2.

The woman said she came home and McLain pointed a gun at her, which she eventually realized was a BB gun, and said he would shoot her if she did not turn over his guns, which he is prohibited from having, according to the affidavit.

McLain also pushed her around, according to the police report, He also had an axe and a large dagger and threatened to cut her up, according to the affidavit. McLain also made a noose out of rope and put it around her neck, but did not tighten it, the woman reported to police. She later found the noose in the basement and he threatened to hang himself.

McLain also damaged her house by punching holes in walls, slamming doors and thrusting the axe into a wall.

Following her statement to police, McLain was charged with felony domestic violence assault, two counts of felony domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence criminal restraint, criminal mischief, obstructing report of a crime, two counts of violation of a protective order and operating without a license.

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Fernald asked for bail to be set at $10,000 cash, citing the seriousness of the charges, and McLain's criminal record which includes an assault against the woman in 2019. Judge Mathews agreed, saying McLain posed a serious public safety risk.

He is scheduled to have a court hearing Feb. 25.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Nina Reed | Nov 10, 2020 15:44

AND.... Leave it to some tool bag to make this political. M. Keene

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Nov 10, 2020 08:50

I'm sure somebody can come up with an excuse for his behavior. Maybe it's ink poisoning.

Posted by: Gregory D Kibitz | Nov 10, 2020 07:26

Explain to me why this very violent and dangerous white person's bail (with past  gun & violence charges) is only twice that of the non-white petty thief from Masonic Street who only stole a ring & pack of cigarettes and melted a small hole in a screen with a cigarette? Could skin color & race have been a factor?  BLM!

Posted by: Iris Joyce | Nov 09, 2020 20:30

Terrorizing a Senior smh

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