Police: Man calls 911 to request arrest, issue threats against officers
Northport — A local man is in jail after he reportedly called 911 and invited police to arrest him. He allegedly told dispatchers he had a firearm in his possession and that he would use it.
David J. Morin, 30, of Northport was arrested on charges of failure to submit to arrest or detention, domestic violence terrorizing, criminal mischief and violating conditions of release following a series of incidents that reportedly occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, July 22.
Maine State Police Sgt. Patrick Hood said he and Trooper James MacDonald were responding to a complaint of an out-of-control male at a residence on Saturday Cove Road when they learned the subject — who was later identified as Morin — was on the phone with dispatchers at the Waldo County Regional Communications Center.
"While we were en route we found out [Morin] was on the phone with dispatchers saying he was armed with a handgun," said Hood.
Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said Morin sounded angry when he called 911, telling dispatchers to send police and "[expletive] arrest him."
Moments later, while WCSO Deputy Arthur Smith was on his way to the scene, Trafton said, Morin called the communications center a second time.
"Then he called back again saying he'll do anything to go to jail for a long time," said Trafton, adding that Morin told dispatchers he would punch officers when they arrived and that he had a loaded .357 in his hand and was "ready to use it."
Morin also stated during the second 911 call that he had recently lost his job, was unable to pay child support and referred to a female in his residence by an unflattering name.
Hood said that when he and MacDonald arrived at the residence a female and a minor child were present in the home with Morin. The woman told police she did not feel safe in the home, Hood said, because Morin was intoxicated and was acting in a destructive manner. She then took the child and left the premises. According to court records, Morin had "damaged or destroyed" chairs, flower pots and picture frames, all of which were property of the alleged female victim. Court records also state that Morin "did communicate to [the alleged victim] a threat to commit, or cause to be committed, a crime of violence dangerous to human life, murder, against [the alleged victim]."
After the woman and the child left the residence, Hood said, Morin grew more upset.
Trafton said that by the time Smith arrived at the scene with the intention of closing off the road because of the reported presence of a weapon, Morin had left the residence and approached Smith as he was parking his cruiser a short distance away from the home. Morin did not have the handgun with him at that time.
"He told [Morin] to get down on the ground, and he refused," said Trafton.
Eventually, Morin did follow Smith's instructions and dropped to the ground, but as Smith approached, WCSO Lt. Jason Trundy said, Morin attempted to stand up. Smith again instructed Morin to remain on the ground, but Morin did not take the officer's advice.
"He tried to get up again, so Deputy Smith tased him," said Trundy.
At that time WSCO Deputy Dan Thompson arrived and assisted Smith with loading Morin into the cruiser. Smith transported Morin to the Waldo County Jail.
Tuesday, police expressed relief that the incident ended the way it did.
"It could have been a volatile situation, but no one was hurt," said Hood.
Morin remained in custody Tuesday, July 24, where he is being held on $1,500 cash bail.
Morin was arraigned at Fifth District Court in Belfast Monday, July 23, at which time he pleaded not guilty to all of the charges he is facing. At that time, the court ordered that Morin have no contact with the alleged victim or her child, and barred Morin from using or possessing drugs, alcohol or firearms.
Morin's next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 28.