Mass. Man Arrested In Armed Standoff At Maine University Frat
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GORHAM, Maine (CBS) — Downtown Gorham Maine was closed off for over three hours during a police standoff at a fraternity house Wednesday night.
A fraternity brother at Sigma Nu, identified as 23-year-old Alan-Michael Santos who has addresses in Winchester and Wilmington, Massachusetts, threatened to shoot his fellow brothers, according to police.
“It’s definitely upsetting to hear because it was a kid that people liked and he just got caught up in a bad situation,” said Sigma Nu member Dan Brassard.
Another Sigma Nu brother, Eric Drummond, told WBZ-TV he knew Santos had a gun and that’s why he moved out.
Police say Santos had been drinking with some of his fraternity brothers at a nearby bar earlier in the evening and had been asked to leave. An argument with his friends allegedly led to the violent threats.
“There was an incident where a firearm had been pointed at one of the brothers,” said Lt. Christopher Sanborn of the Gorham Police Department. “At one point when they were back at the building the individual was barricaded inside the residence.”
The brothers called 911.
Up to 10 brothers and guests were in the house at the time. All got out safely.
Police surrounded the home which is off-campus at the University of Southern Maine.
Santos, a college junior majoring in business and marketing, had two handguns and finally surrendered after roughly three hours.
A number of nearby homes were evacuated and businesses like Thatcher’s Cafe across the street had to shut down.
“We got the phone call to lock down the building and not let anyone out,” said waitress Brenda Beeler. “It was very scary once we saw all the guns and knew it was actually something really going on.”
Santos is being held on $15,000 bail.
He is facing a number of charges including criminal threatening with a firearm and causing a police standoff.
Brad Beacham, executive director of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc., says guns are not allowed in the fraternity house and that an internal investigation could end with Santos being thrown out of the house.
Santos could be expelled from the school according to university spokesman Robert Caswell.