2012-06-15 / Front Page

Homeless Man Arrested for Stealing Jeep, Assaulting Officer

South Portland Police Use Taser to Detain Suspect who Allegedly Grabbed for Officer's Gun Belt
By Jack Flagler
Staff Writer

Vaughn ScottVaughn ScottSouth Portland police arrested a man on Tuesday, June 19, who allegedly stole a vehicle from Portland and assaulted a South Portland police officer.

Officer Rocco Navarro responded to a call of a Jeep crashed in a ditch behind a shopping plaza at 425 Western Ave. in South Portland. Police said Navarro found Vaughn Scott, 35, intoxicated in the passenger seat of the vehicle. Scott is a homeless man from the greater Portland area with a criminal history that includes past charges of burglary to a motor vehicle, assaults, aggravated assault, assault on an officer and eluding the police.

Police said that when Navarro approached the Jeep, Scott reached for a backpack on the ground nearby. Navarro then kicked the bag away. Scott refused to submit to arrest and he allegedly pushed and grabbed Navarro by the shirt and gun belt. Navarro responded by using a Taser to detain Scott and take him into custody.

Scott was taken to Cumberland County Jail. South Portland Police Lt. Frank Clark said Scott remains there now after his arraignment in court on Wednesday, June 20. Scott was charged with two felony counts for theft of a motor vehicle and assault of the police officer.

Scott’s case was referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.


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