A Clinton man who was on the run for much of the day Thursday after allegedly threatening a family member and her daughter was arrested later on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence terrorizing.

Joseph Gagnon, 31, turned himself in to Clinton police about 4:40 p.m. Thursday, according to Kennebec County Sheriff Ryan Reardon. A Clinton officer gave Gagnon a ride to Winslow, where he was picked up by Sgt. Galen Estes of the sheriff’s office and taken to the county jail in Augusta.

He was scheduled to see a judge Friday afternoon.

Gagnon took off in his car after allegedly threatening a family member and her daughter and vowing to “take down” police or anyone else who entered the home where the three live on Morrison Avenue in Clinton.

Four Kennebec County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene, along with two police officers from Fairfield and a Clinton police officer. Police took a couple of hours to set up a perimeter around the house, and when they approached, they found that Gagnon was gone and his car was missing.

Police tried to call Gagnon on his cellphone and attempted to text him, but he did not respond.


Reardon said Gagnon was described by the woman as having been drinking, saying he would “take her down and anyone else who come inside the house.” When asked if he was suicidal, Gagnon reportedly replied that he wanted “to end it.”

Reardon said no weapon was involved.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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