Thursday, December 12, 2013
SKOWHEGAN -- A Skowhegan man who went to prison last year for shooting into a car while the driver was sitting in it appeared in court Monday on another weapon charge.
Alan W. Sipe
Alan W. Sipe, Jr., 21, of East River Road, entered no pleas Monday on a felony charge of criminal threatening with a knife and assault, a misdemeanor.
He was ordered held on $25,000 property bond or $2,500 cash and remained at the county jail in East Madison.
Skowhegan police Detective Kelley Hooper said Sipe didn't even know the two men he allegedly threatened early Sunday at a bonfire on Dartmouth Street.
"He threatened both of them with a knife, lunging at them, saying he was going to stab them," Hooper said. "One of the men was hit in the head twice and (Sipe) said, 'I'm going to stab you both.'"
The men called police.
Sipe ran into the woods on a nearby trail, where police found him, Hooper said.
The pocket knife he allegedly used was not recovered by police, she said.
"He came out of the woods. He thought the officer had a canine coming in the woods looking for him, and he said he didn't want to get bit by anyone's dog. He knew they'd be coming," Hooper said.
Sipe has an 8 p.m. curfew because of the 2012 conviction and is on probation, according to court documents.
He pleaded guilty last year to domestic-violence reckless conduct, criminal threatening, assault and domestic-violence assault in connection with the March 2012 shooting in Skowhegan.
He was sentenced to five years in prison with all but one year suspended and two years of probation for firing a single shot from a .22-caliber rifle through a car's windshield while the driver was still inside.
A 37-year-old woman was injured in the incident from being pushed down some stairs by Sipe before the shooting incident.
Sipe was sent to the Downeast Correctional Facility and was released earlier this year.
He made his first appearance in court Monday morning via video from the county jail. Skowhegan attorney John Martin represented him for the day, and Sipe told the judge he will need a court-appointed lawyer when his case comes back to court in November.
Doug Harlow -- 612-2367