October 25, 2012

North Anson terrorizing suspect allegedly threatened to shoot police, neighbors

Randy Grover Jr., 30, arraigned Wednesday in Skowhegan District Court; $5,000 cash bail set

By Doug Harlow dharlow@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

SKOWHEGAN -- A New Portland man arrested Tuesday in North Anson on a terrorizing charge allegedly told his victim to come out of her house or he would shoot the police and her neighbors then drive his truck into the residence, according to court documents.

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Randy Grover Jr.

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Randy Grover Jr., 30, was arraigned Wednesday in District Court on a single count of domestic violence terrorizing, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

When the woman called 911 just before 3 a.m. Tuesday, she told dispatchers that Grover had threatened her and that she was in fear of her life because she believed he would attack, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi of the Somerset County Sheriff's Department.

The woman said she saw Grover pull into her driveway in his truck, go to the passenger side of the truck, retrieve what appeared to be a rifle, then go out of sight behind her home on Union Street, according to the affidavit.

The woman told dispatchers that she and Grover lived together for 11 years and had two children together, according to the affidavit. She said she had just broken off her relationship and that Grover was unstable and upset over the breakup.

Police from several agencies were at the scene and the State Police Tactical Team later used an armored vehicle to take the woman and her children to safety, according to police.

Emergency medical crews were also called to stand by, nearby roads were closed for three hours and schools in the North Anson-based School Administrative District 74 delayed opening two hours as a precaution.

On Tuesday, Grover fled the Union Street home and was arrested hours later on a nearby railroad bridge that crosses the Carrabassett River between state Route 16 and Union Street, which is state Route 234.

Police said he was in possession of a loaded firearm clip, but they did not find a weapon.

Gottardi said Wednesday afternoon that police still had not found a gun.

Grover's bail Wednesday was set at $5,000 cash or $50,000 in property and is subject to review after appointment of a lawyer. Grover had not made bail by late afternoon Wednesday.

Doug Harlow -- 612-2367


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