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Rockport man arrested for kidnapping, creating police standoff

By Stephen Betts | Oct 21, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Public safety crews outside the Rankin Block in Rockland Oct. 21.

Rockland — A 35-year-old Rockport man is currently held at the Knox County Jail after police said he barricaded himself inside an apartment at the Rankin Center housing complex and threatened to kill the resident of the apartment.

Mark A. Hupper was arrested around 6 a.m. Oct. 21 and charged with kidnapping, domestic violence assault and creating police standoff, according to Rockland Police Sgt. Ken Smith.

The standoff ended after a concussion grenade was used.

The Rankin Center is a complex with 50 apartments.

A Maine State Police tactical team, crisis negotiator and Rockland police were at the scene. Rockland fire and emergency medical services blocked roads around the area.

The incident began shortly after 1 a.m. when the department was asked to do a well-being check at the apartment and found Hupper broke into the residence, barricaded himself in and threatened to kill the woman resident, himself and police.

An affidavit filed in the Knox County Court by Rockland police stated that he threatened to slit the woman's throat if police came inside. The woman could be heard calling out in pain as Hupper said he had put a chain around her neck. Hupper also claimed to have a gun, the affidavit stated.

He had earlier posted on Facebook that he planned to either be in jail or die by the end of the evening, according to the affidavit.

Hupper was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport before being taken to the jail.

The resident of the apartment was treated and released at the hospital, the sergeant said.

Mark Hupper (Photo by: Knox County Jail)
(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
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Comments (6)
Posted by: Jeanmarie Koenig | Oct 22, 2020 19:20

Thank you, Janie Jacques. Yes, those boys need professional help.  Not, a wonder he Snapped. He needs professional help, for sure. Sadly, he will probably "do time"...


Posted by: Janie Jacques | Oct 22, 2020 13:00

IF the woman was Mark's mother, (I heard it was), I'd let him at her. After all of the disgusting things she put him and his brother through, she's lucky that's all he did to her. The boys needed professional help, she needs to still be in jail and if people could hear some of the reasons he snapped, I'll bet you could at least understand his actions, even if you don't agree with his method.

Posted by: Leslie A Peck | Oct 22, 2020 12:54

Thank you to the local police and State Troopers for not hesitating to step into a dangerous situation and diffusing it to keep citizens safe. I am thankful for your service.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Oct 21, 2020 16:25

Thankful that no one was hurt.

Posted by: johanna stadler | Oct 21, 2020 15:53

such a charming smile

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Oct 21, 2020 14:37

You know it's serious when they call the Staties in with their camper.

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