HOLDEN, Maine — A Bangor man was arrested Monday after he allegedly threatened police with a knife while they attempted to arrest him on an active warrant.
Joshua Panther, 28, was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Panther reportedly called the Penobscot Regional Communications Center and told dispatchers he was around town, was wanted on a warrant and should be arrested, Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell said Tuesday.
The warrant for failure to pay fines was confirmed, and Panther was found at an apartment complex in Holden where one of his relatives resides, Fizell said.
When approached, however, Panther had changed his mind about being arrested and stated he was not going to jail, the sergeant said.
Panther, who uses a wheelchair because of leg injuries he suffered in an accident a few years ago, wheeled himself into the kitchen, grabbed an 8-inch carving knife from the counter, leaned back over the wheelchair and slashed at officers, Fizell said.
The sergeant said he ordered Panther to drop the knife, warning him that he would be “sprayed” if he did not drop it. Panther did not drop the knife, and police pepper-sprayed him in the face, Fizell said.
After that, Panther did drop the knife, and it was secured by a deputy, Fizell said. Panther was wheeled out of the kitchen and did not resist any further, Fizell said.
Panther was handcuffed and taken to Penobscot County Jail. He remained in jail Tuesday night unable to make bail. He is scheduled to appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Wednesday.
Fizell was assisted by Sgt. Andrew Whitehouse and Deputy Mark Lloyd of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Jacob Day of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.