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Two Fort Kent men in custody after one flees in handcuffs

FORT KENT, Maine — Local police transported two Fort Kent men to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton last week following arrests that involved one of the men fleeing in handcuffs.

Both men, who already had arrest warrants issued against them on unrelated offenses, now face additional charges, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

On Wednesday evening, Jan. 10, Sgt. Dalen Boucher of the Fort Kent Police Department responded to a complaint about an alleged assault at a residence on Maple Street. Boucher’s investigation led him to the B&M apartments on Main Street in search of Nicolas Dionne, 28, a resident of the apartment complex, according to Chief Pelletier.

While at the complex, Boucher also encountered Samuel Daigle, 28, of Fort Kent, outside of Dionne’s apartment. The officer saw Daigle holding a large kitchen knife and told him to stop where he was. Daigle ignored the officer and ran into Dionne’s apartment.

Boucher called for backup, but before any could arrive, both Dionne and Daigle came out of the apartment and Boucher arrested them both on the outstanding warrants. Daigle was wanted on two warrants, one on a charge of revocation of probation and another on a charge of failure to appear in court. Dionne was wanted on a charge of failing to appear at the jail to begin serving his sentence on a prior criminal threatening conviction. No more information was immediately available on the previous charges.

Boucher escorted both men to his cruiser, but while he was placing Daigle in the police car, Dionne ran off while handcuffed and returned to his apartment.

Boucher then waited for the backup to arrive and with assistance from other officers with the Fort Kent Police Department, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and Maine Warden Service, was able to apprehend Dionne at his apartment.

The alleged assault on Maple Street remains under investigation and further charges are pending for both Daigle and Dionne, according to Pelletier.

Dionne and Daigle are being held in the Aroostook County Jail pending court dates.

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