DOVER-FOXCROFT — Dover-Foxcroft Police Chief Ryan Reardon was arrested Wednesday night on two counts, aggravated Assault Class B and domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon Class C.
“He’s a citizen like everybody else,” a local pedestrian said. “He done wrong, it falls on the same laws as we do.”
According to court documents, the 46-year-old police chief had been having an on-again, off-again affair with the victim since 2017. The court records state it was this relationship that led to his divorce earlier this year.
In August, the victim received word that Reardon was having affairs with other women. The documents say she was angered by this information and went to his apartment to confront him while she was intoxicated.
The affidavit says the two argued, leading to Reardon throwing her to the ground and choking her. The victim told police Reardon then went toward her with a gun but put it in his own mouth. She then consoled him.
Court documents say the whole visit lasted about six hours.
The following day, the victim went to St. Joseph Hospital and was examined by a nurse.
A second incident was reported earlier this week in which Reardon threatened to kill himself with a loaded gun.
Reardon was arrested by Maine State Police in Bangor on a warrant out of Piscataquis County.
“I hope he gets fired,” another patron said. “He should be.”
“It’s concerning, yeah,” a third person said. “It was surprising.”
Reardon is being held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail and is expected to appear at the Penobscot County Superior Court at 1 p.m. Friday.