BANGOR – A Bangor man was arrested Wednesday morning at a Republican “Get Out the Vote” rally after reportedly brandishing a wooden baton and a large knife.
Just minutes after the Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem arrived, video shows 58-year-old Pete Beitzell of Bangor with those alleged weapons.
According to the Bangor Police Department, officers responded to the Trump Office on Hogan Road around 9:45 a.m. for a report of Beitzell harassing and exchanging words with those gathered at the rally.
Police took Beitzell into custody and the rally went on as scheduled, with Republican National Committee co-chair Tommy Hicks, Trump campaign senior advisor Corey Lewandowski and former Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
“My tourism industry in South Dakota is at 148 percent of normal because we made very different decisions that President Trump allowed me to make,” said South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. “Your governor did exactly what Joe Biden will do and that is shut this country down.”
Each speaker at the event shared words of encouragement with only six days left to vote.
Meanwhile, police say Beitzell was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C Felony, and with disorderly conduct.
He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and released on $200 bail.