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Suspect later charged with assaulting Knox County corrections officer

Rockland officer injured, man arrested in Saturday spree

By Stephen Betts | Dec 14, 2019

Rockland — A Vinalhaven man was arrested Saturday morning after causing a disruption at a local business.

An interaction with the suspect shortly before his arrest led to an officer accidentally being cut with a knife possessed by the island man.

Alex Johnson, 31, is being held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland on charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, according to Rockland Police Sgt. Andrew Redden.

Johnson is being held without bail because he was on probation for a prior assault on an officer, Redden said.

The incidents began Saturday around 8 a.m. when the police department received a report of a man being disruptive at the Maine State Ferry Terminal.

Sgt. Redden and Officers Jordan Jandreau and Tyler Monsees respond.

Officers asked to check a backpack that Johnson had and while searching it, Officer Jandreau suffered a deep cut to his leg from a large fishing-type knife that was sticking out of the bag. As the other two officers tended to Jandreau, Johnson ran off.

Redden pointed out, however, that Johnson had not committed any new crime or violated probation at that point so he was not pursued.

A few minutes later, police were called to Dunkin Donuts where a man was being disruptive and was trying to grab gift cards and other items in the store. He then went outside and was going through vehicles, according to Redden.

Redden said he responded and arrested the man -- who was Johnson -- for the criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Officer Jandreau was treated at the hospital and released.

Police Chief Chris Young, who went to the hospital, said Jandreau will take a few days off to recover from the injury.

On Sunday afternoon, Dec. 15, Johnson was also charged with assault on an officer when he became combative at the Knox County Jail when a corrections officer tried to give him his meal.

The officer suffered a cut above her eye and some bruises.

Johnson was scheduled to make his initial appearance in the Knox County court on Monday afternoon. But the hearing was postponed to determine his competency.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Dec 15, 2019 09:13

Now this is the good old gritty city I remember with local PD mixin it up with island boys.  Left on his own he would have eventually ended up at the Log cabin and no one would have noticed.  Some things never change.

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Dec 14, 2019 17:26

Ms. McKeever: You seem to have all the "facts" on our local matters here even though you live far away.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Dec 14, 2019 14:24

tisk tisk, so quick to judge.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Dec 14, 2019 12:19

Sounds like a hooked druggie to me. Kudos to the officer!

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