North Berwick officer’s alertness leads to arrest of Capitol riot suspect

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NORTH BERWICK — An observant North Berwick police officer’s routine patrol led to the arrest of a suspect wanted on a federal warrant for aggravated assault on law enforcement officers during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building.

Officer Ashley Sargent, while on duty today, spotted a vehicle that piqued her interest.

Recalling the license plate from an earlier check, she received confirmation from the FBI shortly thereafter that the car was associated with the federally wanted individual.

Upon locating the vehicle at a Wells Street residence, North Berwick Police, with the gravity of the warrant in mind, enlisted the help of Berwick Police, Sanford Police, and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.

As the combined law enforcement agencies were strategizing their approach, the suspect entered the vehicle and drove off from the premises.

Officers promptly executed a “felony stop” in front of Pratt and Whitney on Wells Street, apprehending the suspect without incident.

The individual, whose identity has not been released, was handed over to the FBI and subsequently detained at the Stafford County Jail, awaiting further legal proceedings.

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