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Police arrest Madawaska man accused of terrorizing

MADAWASKA, Maine — Madawaska police arrested a local man Sunday, charging him with terrorizing and possession of a schedule W drug, namely methamphetamine.

Nicholas Epstein, 24, is accused of twice violating a protection from abuse order filed against him on March 6 — once by texting the woman who is the subject of the order

and a second time by leaving her a voicemail, both within 24 hours. Police thus charged him on March 7 with two counts of violation of a protection from abuse order.

Then, on March 12, Madawaska police received a report that Epstein “threatened to kill” a friend of the same woman via Facebook messenger. According to Madawaska Police Chief Ross Dubois, a third party saw the messages on Epstein’s family’s tablet and the third party then forwarded the threatening messages to the woman so she could see the threats made against her friend.

Police sought Epstein but were not immediately able to locate him. Then, on Sunday evening, March 17, Officer Sam Dechaine learned of the suspect’s whereabouts and with the assistance of Officer Ryan Albert, found Epstein at a family member’s residence. They arrested him without incident and charged him with terrorizing.

While in custody, police said they found what is believed to be methamphetamine on Epstein and thus added the possession charge.

Officials denied Epstein bail due to his two previous violations of the protective order, and transported him to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton where he awaits a May 8 court date.

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