WALDO, Maine — The 16-year-old sought by police in connection with a recent shooting incident was caught Wednesday in the woods outside a Waldo home after an anonymous tipster contacted police about his whereabouts.
Police believe Tyler Ellsworth, 16, of Swanville fired several shots from a handgun last week and threatened the life of a 16-year-old Swanville boy. Officials on Wednesday asked the public for help finding Ellsworth and got a tip the same day that he was staying at a Moosehead Trail residence, according to a media release issued Thursday morning by the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. Two detectives and two deputies from the sheriff’s office went to the home in the company of Maine State Police Trooper Eric Verhille and his police dog.
When they got there, they spotted Ellsworth in the yard before he ran off into the woods. However, the officers reportedly were able to quickly track him down and bring him into police custody.
A petition already had been filed charging Ellsworth with terrorizing with a dangerous weapon and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, each of which is a Class C felony. If he is tried as an adult, each offense could be punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Ellsworth allegedly was the passenger in a vehicle that drove by a Swanville home Thursday, April 30. A 16-year-old boy told police that Ellsworth yelled out the window at him, then displayed a handgun and fired multiple shots into a wooded area near him.
Ellsworth now is being held at the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston. According to the media release, detectives are continuing to conduct their investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming against additional individuals.
Police announced this week that anyone who “harbors, conceals or aids” Ellsworth could be charged with hindering apprehension, a Class D crime that is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.