A police standoff with a man who allegedly violated a protection order blocked traffic Friday on Route 126 in Monmouth before the man surrendered around midday, authorities said.

Howard Gribbin, 55, had barricaded himself in the garage of his Route 126 home and would not answer the door when crews responded around 7:45 a.m., according to a news release from the Monmouth Police Department.

“Gribbin had been served a protection order earlier this week, and the person who had the protection order called to say he was at the house,” Monmouth Police Chief Kevin Mulherin said in a phone interview Friday.

The Maine State Police Tactical unit and negotiators, as well as the Monmouth Fire Department, responded to the scene.

“No weapons were involved,” Mulherin said. “The negotiators were speaking to him and he came out.”

Gribbin surrendered without incident around 12:30 p.m. and was taken into custody. Police took him to the Kennebec County jail in Augusta, where he was being held Friday on charges of violating conditions of release, violation of a protection order and creating a police standoff.

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