Maine police arrest man with rifle outside church

May 18, 2009 1:13:22 PM PDT
Police in Maine have arrested a man they say was loading a hunting rifle outside a church and planning to harm someone inside. Portland Police Capt. Vern Malloch said Monday a police officer assigned to Portland High School "probably avoided a tragedy" by making the arrest after spotting the armed man in an alley alongside the high school and First Parish Church.

Malloch says 46-year-old Herbert Jones made references to pedophiles being in the church. An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting was under way at the time.

Jones faces charges including terrorizing and possession of a firearm by a felon, as well as stalking a woman at the AA meeting. Malloch says a passenger in Jones' BMW convertible was charged, as well. Jail records list no attorney for the men.

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