LEWISTON — Police on Thursday charged a Winthrop man with threatening a couple with a machete.
Police stormed a home at 24 Tappan Farm Road in Winthrop after getting a call that people were being held hostage there. Police found Nicholas Rolling, 20, who lived at the home and charged him with terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Police also charged Rolling with criminal restraint with a dangerous weapon, also a Class C felony.
Police said Kyle Feeney, 25, owner of the home, and Daniel St. Hilaire, 46, were asleep when Rolling woke them and accused them of taking his money. Rolling punched St. Hilaire in the face and threatened to kill both men with a machete if they didn't return his money, police wrote in a news release.
Rolling had swung the machete at Feeney as he fled up a flight of stairs, police said. Rolling threatened Feeney that he would kill St. Hilaire with the machete if he didn't come downstairs, police said.
Feeney called police on a cellphone while hiding from Rolling.
Rolling's bail was set at $10,000 cash with conditions, including he not have any contact with Feeney or St. Hilaire.
Rolling was taken to Kennebec County Jail.