PHOTOS: Armed man arrested at Noem rally identified, charged

Governor, security detail unharmed

UPDATE: (1:40 p.m.) — Peter Beitzell, 58, of Bangor had been harassing and exchanging words with those gathered at the rally.

Beitzell became upset after being approached by security officers, and at some point allegedly moved toward the crowd while brandishing a wooden baton and a large fixed-blade knife.

Beitzell was ordered by the security officers to put the weapons away, but he initially ignored them. He allegedly turned and began walking toward one of the security officers while still holding the weapons at one point.

Eventually, Beitzell returned to his vehicle and put his weapons away, and officers arrived shortly thereafter and took him into custody immediately.

He was transported to the Penobscot County jail and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, which is a Class C felony, and disorderly conduct. Beitzell has since posted a $200 cash bail and is no longer in jail.

No one was injured in the incident, and no other disturbances were reported at the rally.


BANGOR, ME. — A man brandishing two weapons disrupted a campaign event in Bangor, Maine, at which South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem spoke on Wednesday morning.

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The incident occurred at the first of several campaign stops Gov. Noem is scheduled to make in Maine and New Hampshire today.

According to the Governor’s office, Gov. Noem’s South Dakota Highway Patrol security detail engaged the man, after which the local police department placed him under arrest.

Neither the Governor nor any member of the security detail were harmed in the incident.

This is a developing story. NewsCenter1 has contacted the Bangor Police Department for additional details. Further information is also expected from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety later today regarding the security detail’s involvement in the incident.

NewsCenter1 will update this story as more details become available.

 

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