HOLLIS — A man who allegedly threatened his former girlfriend and her friends, first with a baseball bat and then with a .45 caliber handgun, has been charged with criminal threatening by Maine State Police.

Police caught up with Anthony Keith, 21, in Limerick Wednesday. The incident had taken place in Hollis earlier in the day.

Troopers arrived at a Hollis residence and were told that Keith had confronted his ex-girlfriend and her friends who were helping her move out of the home. Keith is alleged to have first threatened his former girlfriend and her friends with a baseball bat, according to a statement by police.

“According to witnesses Keith then pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot the subjects,” the statement said.

Keith was arrested and charged with Class C felony criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. The charge carries a maximum prison term of five years, upon conviction.

Troopers seized a Smith & Wesson .45 caliber handgun from Keith at the time of his arrest. He was taken to York County Jail and later released on $1,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Jan. 22 at York County Superior Court in Alfred.

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