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Thomaston man accused of breaking into cars, smashing out of cruiser

By Stephen Betts | Dec 01, 2019
Photo by: Knox County Jail David Alvarez

Cushing — A Thomaston man is behind bars after police said he was caught breaking into vehicles in Cushing early Sunday morning and then smashed out the rear window of a cruiser and fled.

David Alvarez, 34, was quickly re-apprehended. Alvarez was charged with two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, aggravated criminal mischief, possession of a firearm by a felon, escape, and violation of probation, according to Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll.

According to the sheriff, shortly after 1:30 a.m., Dec. 1, Knox County Regional Communications Center sent deputies to a residence on River Road in Cushing for a complaint of ongoing burglaries of motor vehicles. The caller stated they were awoken by a noise, and when they looked outside, they could see someone going through their vehicles. At one point, the suspect was seen holding a rifle.

Deputy Vitaly St. Thomas arrived first and was quickly able to apprehend the suspect and place him in a cruiser. The residents did not recognize the suspect.

While enroute to the Knox County Jail in Rockland, Deputy St. Thomas stated that the man, while handcuffed in the backseat of his cruiser, first smashed his head against the partition and then twice against the passenger side rear window.

As the deputy stopped his vehicle on Main Street in Thomaston, the suspect broke the rear window and was able to get out of the cruiser. Deputy St. Thomas chased the suspect down the road on foot. The suspect jumped a guard rail and fell down an embankment.

Deputy St. Thomas was able to restrain the suspect again. St. Thomas walked him back to his cruiser. Sgt. Arthur Smith arrived to assist. He was able to find out the suspect's name.

Due to the incident, Sgt. Smith took Alvarez to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for a medical evaluation. Once Alvarez was cleared medically, Deputy St. Thomas took Alvarez to the jail.

Alvarez remains at the jail. He is likely to make his initial appearance in the Knox County court on Monday afternoon.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Dec 02, 2019 14:10

Could be just a bad seed. Prison will teach him a few new tricks.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Dec 02, 2019 12:39

Sounds like drugs to me! Sad! A few years in jail should wake him up. He certainly is old enough to know better.

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