May 1, 2013

Portland man denies creating police standoff

Kyle Upton, whose bail is set at $10,000, also faces four criminal charges in connection with Monday's incident on Alder Street.

By Scott Dolan
Staff Writer

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Kyle Upton, who is charged with causing an armed standoff with police in Portland's Bayside neighborhood, looks around the courtroom during his initial court appearance Wednesday at Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court in Portland.

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A suspect surrenders – surrounded by Portland police and SWAT Team members – after a standoff on Alder Street in Portland on Monday evening.

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Police searched the apartment after Upton surrendered and seized a pellet gun, machete, knife, throwing star, weapons safe and drug paraphernalia.

Upton's boss from the construction company where he works and a small group of people appeared in court to support him. A few of the men wore black T-shirts with white lettering that said, "Keep America Free" on one line and "Dig ditches for snitches" below it.

Rick Magee, who made the T-shirts, said he was also at the scene of the standoff and had talked to Upton.

"He didn't want to come out because he thought they were going to shoot him," Magee said.

Magee said Upton moved to Maine from Massachusetts a year ago and hasn't done anything wrong since.

"He came here to clean up his name. He hasn't been in trouble," Magee said.

The standoff with police lasted about 3½ hours, drawing a large crowd of spectators at the intersection of Alder, Portland and Oxford streets. The Portland Police Department's Special Reaction Team also responded with members wearing body armor and carrying rifles. They also used the department's Bearcat, which resembles a tank, and its Peacekeeper truck.

If found responsible of creating a police standoff, Upton could be ordered to pay restitution to each agency that responded to the standoff.

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Portland police and SWAT team members respond to a standoff at 41 Alder St. in Portland on Monday.

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SWAT team members make their way up Preble Street in Portland during a standoff on Alder Street on Monday.

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