Police say Drugged Man Arrested After Sherman Incident
A man who entered three homes in the Sherman area on Saturday was under the influence of drugs and made up a story about being shot, according to the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office.
Shortly after 4:00 p.m. Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a Sherman resident saying a man had entered their home without permission and refused to leave. Sheriff Darrell Crandall said the man allegedly claimed he had been shot and was being pursued by his attacker.
Shortly thereafter, the Maine State Police received a call from the man himself, reporting that his leg was broken and that another man had been shot. Sheriff’s Deputies, State Troopers and a Game Warden promptly responded to the area to investigate, Crandall said.
The officers located the caller, 24-year-old Michael Bakeman of Sherman, in a wooded area off Route 2 in Sherman. Police said Bakeman was soaked in blood, but it was determined that he had not been shot. Bakeman told police that he and another man argued over drugs, that the other man had shot someone in the home, then shot at Bakeman. Officers checked the residence and found no evidence of a shooting, Crandall said.
Bakeman was treated at Millinocket Hospital for minor injuries, which were caused by breaking a window. Sheriff’s Deputies arrested him as he was discharged from the hospital and took him to the Aroostook County Jail.
Sheriff’s Deputies determined that Bakeman had consumed cocaine prior the incident, which was likely the cause of his delusional behavior. It was also determined that there had been no shots fired by anyone and that Bakeman’s story was fabricated, Sheriff Crandall stated.
Bakeman was charged with two counts of criminal trespass. He subsequently posted bail, and will appear in Aroostook Unified Court in Houlton on December 22.
The Sheriff’s Office said the continuing investigation may be the basis for additional charges.