Portland Police Arrest Two for Assault on Officers

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SLAB Sicilian Street Food, 25 Preble Street, Near the Block Where the Incident Happened.  An Employee of SLAB Said He Saw the Incident Last Night.

On Sunday, July 11, 2021, at approximately 7:26 pm., Portland Police officers responded to a disturbance near the block of 25 Preble Street.  While talking to witnesses at that location, they noticed a man, later identified as Frederick Archer (5/2/2000), of Portland, sitting in a doorway with several open beer cans.  While talking to Archer officers observed a handgun in his waistband.  Dispatchers confirmed that Archer was a felon who was not permitted to have a gun according to a press release issued by the Portland Police Department today.

Officers quickly confiscated the weapon before Archer attempted to escape and resist officers attempts to make an arrest.  Archer became assaultive and made several attempts to obtain officers firearms during the confrontation.  Archer punched, scratched, kicked and spit in officers faces and other parts of their body as he was being restrained and detained.  Archer was taken to the Cumberland County Jail and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, in addition to two counts of assault on a police officer and a charge of assault and refusing to submit to arrest.  Three officers were treated and released from Mercy Hospital.

During this incident, a crowd formed and acted hostile towards officers.  A person in the crowd, a 17-year-old male, of Portland, challenged officers to fight and acted aggressively.  The suspect threw a metal container at the hood of a police vehicle, causing damage and shoved an officer.  The male was arrested on charges of assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal threatening; he was later released into the custody of a parent.

“I saw it happen.  It was really a brawl.  Preble Street is a one way Street, so it was complicated.  Police cars came from all over,” said a male employee of SLAB Sicilian Street Food who witnessed the incident.