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An Eddington man was arrested about 4 a.m. Thursday following an eight-hour standoff with police who were responding to a domestic violence call at the man’s home on Clewleyville Road.

Amilio Samaroo, 55, allegedly threatened to kill a person and their dogs, but the person was able to escape with the pets, Assistant District Attorney Chelsea Lynds said Thursday afternoon when Samaroo made his first court appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Samaroo is charged with two counts of domestic violence, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C crime, and one count of creating a police standoff, a Class E crime.

Bail was set at $5,000 cash at the request of the district attorney’s office, despite a statewide effort to keep defendants out of jails if possible because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

He is not expected to enter a plea until the Penobscot County grand jury reconvenes. His next scheduled court appearance is June 2.

Until then, Samaroo is to have no contact with the victim or other family members, and is not allowed to possess animals, weapons or intoxicants.

Samaroo does not have a criminal record in Maine.

If convicted of the threatening charge, Samaroo faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. He faces up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted of causing a standoff.