February 1, 2013

Police arrest machete-wielding Winthrop man

From Kennebec Journal staff reports

WINTHROP — A local man has been charged after reportedly threatening to kill his roommates with a machete during a dispute over money.

Nicolas Rolling, 20, is charged with terrorizing with a dangerous weapon and criminal restraint with a dangerous weapon. Rolling was being held at the Kennebec County jail in lieu of a total of $20,000 cash bail.

Winthrop Police Chief Joseph Young said in a release that Rolling was arrested Thursday after police received a 911 call around 5 a.m., from his 24 Tappan Farm Rd., home. The caller said people at the home were being held hostage by a man with a machete, Young said.

Police stormed the house after they were unable to contact anyone inside, Young said. They arrested Rolling without further incident.

Young said the victims, men aged 25 and 46, were asleep when Rolling woke them up and accused them of stealing his money. Rolling, who reportedly hit one of the men with his fist during the confrontation, said he would kill the men with the machete he had if they did not return the money, Young said.

"At one point, Rolling swung at (the 25-year-old) with the machete as he was running up the stairs in an attempt to flee from him," Young said. Rolling reportedly threatened to kill the other man if the 25-year-old did not come back downstairs, Young said.

"The threats took place over a period of approximately an hour before (the 25-year-old) was able to make the 911 call from his cellphone," Young said.


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