A Lebanon man who police say tried to hide from them by climbing into a closet was arrested on New Year’s Day after a brief struggle.

Maine State Police said Billie Gregoire, 48, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and refusing to submit to arrest. He is being held in the York County Jail without bail pending his arraignment.

Troopers went to his house at 168 Upper Guinea Road on Sunday after receiving information that he was there. Police wanted to speak to him because they had a warrant for his arrest related to a violation of a protection-from-abuse order.

Gregoire was removed from the closet after a brief struggle in which he grabbed a rifle case that contained a weapon, police said.

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