Bangor man arrested twice in two days

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Bangor man was arrested twice in two days after coming to the attention of the Bangor Police for inappropriate activity around children.

On April 1 at about 5:30 p.m. the Police Department received a complaint of a man who had been urinating in public at the intersection of Cumberland Street and Broadway. In the process of doing so he had exposed himself to some children who were at a home nearby. When the complainant confronted the suspect, the suspect reportedly threatened to shoot him. Officer Jermaine Walker and others arrived to find the suspect still in the area. He was identified as Joseph Francis, 48, of Bangor. As the officers were trying to deal with him, Francis was uncooperative and appeared intoxicated. Francis was shouting obscenities, and in the presence of the officers threatened to go get a shotgun and shoot people. He was then placed under arrest and charged with both disorderly conduct and indecent conduct. He was later allowed to leave the jail with bail conditions requiring him to not consume alcohol and not commit further criminal conduct.

On April 2 at about 10:40 a.m. Officer Farrar was driving past the YMCA on Second Street when he observed and heard a man standing on the sidewalk yelling at the children who were playing on the YMCA playground. The man was directing obscenities at the children and was seen to extend his middle finger in the direction of the children. Officer Farrar detained the male and attempted to identify him. The male appeared to be intoxicated and was uncooperative with the officer. He was eventually identified as Joseph Francis and he was again placed under arrest for his conduct. He was charged with disorderly conduct and violation of conditions of release.

His arraignment date for both arrests is scheduled for May 5, 2014.


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