Maine Teen Arrested for Threats to ‘Cause Serious Harm’; Multiple Weapons Seized

Multiple law enforcement agencies swarmed into a neighborhood in South Portland, Maine, on Wednesday to arrest a teenager in what was deemed “a very high risk” arrest.

A Portland-based SWAT team, the FBI, and the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office were all involved with South Portland Police, WMTW reported.

Police Chief Dan Ahern said the boy will be charged with arson, criminal mischief, and theft, with other charges possible.

“We developed information that the subject was in possession of several firearms or had access to several firearms,” Ahern said. “That elevated our risk assessment to a very high risk and took the initiative to engage our regional SWAT team to help us make that arrest due to the fact that there was a large amount of weapons that we suspected were inside the home,.”

Ahern said the boy, a student at South Portland High School, complied with police when they arrived at the home, but the boy’s father interfered. He was shot with a bean bag round, then arrested and taken for medical treatment, News Center Maine said.

Ahern said several high-powered rifles were seized.

The chief said the investigation began several days earlier with information from a school resource officer that indicated the teen made threats to “cause serious harm to individuals and groups using specific weapons,” according to the Portland Press Herald.

The names of the boy and the man involved have not been released. According to WGME, the boy is now being held at the Long Creek Youth Development Center.

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