The driver of the damaged pickup truck seen in this photo, 29-year-old Jordan H. Messer of Bar Harbor, was involved in two car crashes and arrested twice in the span of about 24 hours on Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday morning. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER

Arrest made at gunpoint

MOUNT DESERT — Police arrested a man at gunpoint at the Somesville One Stop here on Saturday after he allegedly assaulted his mother, shot up her home, stole her car and fled with a loaded shotgun.

According to police, Jordan H. Messer, 29, assaulted his mother, fired three rounds from a handgun inside her Bar Harbor home and stole her car. She called 911 just after 11 a.m.

Jordan Messer

Jordan Messer

Earlier in the day, Messer had been involved in a traffic accident in Trenton. On Friday, he was arrested on firearm and drug charges in Ellsworth.

Messer’s mother told authorities he was driving her white Toyota Camry with a loaded gun and probably wouldn’t stop for police, who then asked other agencies for help in locating the vehicle. Police were told that Messer had the loaded shotgun with him in the car and that he likely was headed for Brewer and had said he was going to hurt somebody. Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies and Ellsworth Police officers set up in locations off Mount Desert Island to watch for the vehicle and stop it.

A few minutes later, Officer Ken Mitchell of the Mount Desert Police Department, driving through Somesville, spotted the vehicle turning off Oak Point Road. He turned and followed it to the traffic light. Mitchell said he could see Messer several vehicles ahead, checking him out in the rear-view mirror. Mitchell hoped to stop Messer in a less built-up area, but the suspect turned into the parking lot of the Somesville One Stop.

Mitchell stopped his cruiser behind the Camry, pulled his gun and ordered Messer out of the vehicle and onto the ground, where he handcuffed the suspect. Backup officers arrived shortly afterward. He arrested Messer on charges of robbery, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer while armed with a dangerous weapon, aggravated reckless conduct, domestic violence assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, obstructing the report of a crime with a dangerous weapon and violating the conditions of release.

Messer was taken to the Hancock County Jail and held without bail. Bar Harbor Police, meanwhile, conducted a thorough investigation of his mother’s house on Whispering Brook Road, Chief Jim Willis said.

Messer was arrested the day before by Ellsworth Police officers and taken to the county jail, but was able to make bail. The Friday arrest took place on the Christian Ridge Road on charges of violation of conditions of release, making a threatening display of a firearm, sale and use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a schedule Z drug (Xanax). Earlier Friday, he reportedly had threatened another motorist with a gun in Ellsworth.

Later Friday night, according to Deputy Luke Gross with the Sheriff’s office, a vehicle that Messer had evidently been driving at one point was found off the road near the Sullivan Fire Department on Route 1. Gross said the vehicle had only minor damage.

Saturday morning around 8:40 a.m., Messer was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck northbound on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton when it struck a Jeep driven by 70-year-old Leland Stinchfield of Phillips. Messer was behind Stinchfield, who was stopped due to utility work, but failed to stop his vehicle in time. The impact left the truck with front-end damage and the Jeep with damage to the rear. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Messer did not report any injuries, while Stinchfield said his neck hurt.

Gross, who investigated the Trenton crash, said Messer claimed he never saw the Jeep. Gross said it appeared to him that Messer was sleepy at the time of the crash.

Reporters Mark Good and Steve Fuller contributed to this story.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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