October 28, 2011

Protester in Occupy Augusta arrested in knife threat

27-year-old faces charges from Saturday incident

AUGUSTA — A demonstrator taking part in the Occupy Augusta protest remains behind bars after allegedly threatening another man with a knife.

Anthony J. Williams, 27, a transient, was arrested Saturday and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. He was being held Thursday at the Kennebec County jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

Paul McCarrier, an Occupy Augusta spokesman, confirmed Thursday that Williams is involved with the ongoing protest in Capitol Park.

Jabon W. Chubbuck, 19, called police Saturday night after Williams reportedly threatened him with a knife.

An affidavit filed in Kennebec County Superior Court by Augusta police Officer Lindell Cox said responding officers found Williams and a woman walking near Laurel Street.

“When asked about any weapons or knives, Williams stated that he did have two knives on his person,” Cox said.

Police took the knives from Williams.

Cox then met Chubbuck at a Civic Center Drive restaurant, where he had fled after the encounter with Williams.

Chubbuck said was walking to his car at the Cumberland Farms on Mount Vernon Avenue when he was approached by a tall man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

“The male stated, ‘You need to give me a ride to Capitol Park,’” Cox said.

When Chubbuck asked why, Williams said he had papers to give Chubbuck.

“Jabon asked if it was about the occupancy movement,” Cox said. “The male subject reached under his sweatshirt and brought out a large knife and threw it at a display of firewood at the store, then said, ‘We are all friends here.’”

Williams told Chubbuck his name was “Spooky,” Cox wrote in the affidavit.

“The male picked up the large knife and pointed it at Jabon’s stomach and said, in a threatening manner, ‘You need to give me a ride to Capitol Park right now’,” Cox said.

Chubbuck walked away, got into his car, locked the doors, drove to the restaurant and called police on his cellphone, according to the affidavit.

“As I was talking to Jabon, he was visibly upset and at first unsure what he wanted to do,” Cox said. “Jabon then said he wanted to pursue charges for threatening him with a knife.”

Craig Crosby—621-5642

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