Man Arrested with Weapons at Bangor Rally with S. Dakota Governor
A Bangor man was arrested after allegedly brandishing two weapons at a Trump rally on Hogan Road, that included the governor of South Dakota.
Peter Beitzell, 58, of Bangor is charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and with disorderly conduct.
Police were called to the strip mall at 649 Hogan Road just before 10 a.m. on Wednesday to a report of a person causing a disturbance at a rally. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was holding a rally in the parking lot in support of President Donald Trump's campaign.
A member of Noem's security patrol told police about a man who had been harassing and exchanging words with the people at the rally. They said Beitzell became upset when approached by the security officers and allegedly moved toward the crowd while brandishing a wooden baton and a large fixed-blade knife. They said they told Beitzell to put his weapons away, but he didn't immediately respond and, at one point, allegedly began walking toward the security officers while still holding the weapons.
By the time police arrived, Beitzell had returned to his vehicle and put his weapons away. Police took him into custody. He was transported to the Penobscot County Jail, where he posted a $200 cash bail.
Police say it was the only incident at the rally and no one was hurt.