Farmington standoff ends in arrest

4:22 PM, Dec 23, 2012   |    comments
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FARMINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A standoff in Farmington that lasted eight hours Saturday night ended with an arrest.

Farmington Police Chief Jack Peck says police were called to a home on Farmington Falls Road around 3 p.m. Saturday for the report of a domestic violence assault, and that a woman at the home had injured herself by striking her arm with a hatchet.

When police arrived on scene, they met the victim who said the woman inside had injured herself and assaulted the victim with a shovel.  The victim also stated the woman had access to a loaded firearm.  

Police identified the suspect as 38-year-old Rebekah Brown.  After authorities arrived on scene, Brown retreated back into the house and refused to speak to officers.  The State Police Tactical Team was called to assist, and after several hours contact was made with Brown, who surrendered around 11 p.m.

Police say Brown was treated at the scene for her injury, and was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital for a mental health evaluation. She was then taken to the Franklin County Correctional Facility, where she is being held on $10,000 cash bail.

Brown is being charged with domestic violence assault and creating a police standoff.  A firearm, a hatchet, and a kitchen knife were recovered from the scene by police.

Authorities shut down Routes 2 and 27 for several hours as a safety precaution while the standoff was ongoing.  

4:22 PM Correction: This story has been updated. A previous version referred to the suspect by her maiden name.


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