Scarborough police arrest teenager in connection with shooting

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SCARBOROUGH — Police have arrested a teenage boy in connection with the Jan. 18 shooting of an Ash Swamp Road man.

The 17-year-old Scarborough boy, whose name was not disclosed because of his age, was arrested around 1 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, after police received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of a home on Pleasant Hill Road, Deputy Chief Dave Grover said in a Friday morning press conference.

The car drove away while the caller was on the phone with the dispatcher, Grover said. But officers soon noticed a grey Honda Ridgeline operating without tail lights on Black Point Road. The vehicle was similar to the description of a vehicle spotted Monday in the vicinity of 104 Ash Swamp Road, where Bruce Glidden was shot while he was sleeping.

Officers found a handgun when they stopped the truck and searched it, Grover said.

Given additional evidence collected from the vehicle, which Grover declined to share, along with information collected from the suspect, the arresting officers were led to believe the teenager was involved in the shooting, he said.

He also has a connection to the Glidden family, Grover said.

The boy remained in custody Friday while charges were being reviewed by the Cumberland County district attorney’s office.

On Monday, one of Glidden’s two children, who were also sleeping in the home, reported the shooting at 1:27 a.m..

Police said they believe the intruder entered through an unlocked door. Windows in a vehicle parked in the driveway were broken, too, but it appeared nothing was stolen from the vehicle or the home.

Glidden was released from Maine Medical Center in Portland on Wednesday.

Grover declined to provide further details about the suspect and whether he is a student at Scarborough High School. He said the boy’s parents “have been cooperative.”

In a prepared statement later Friday, Superintendent of Schools George Entwistle III said the School Department would not release any details about the incident and whether the boy is a student at the high school.

“We, at the schools, can offer no further details beyond those already provided by the police,” Entwistle said. “The Scarborough School Department and Department of Public Safety cooperate closely on any matter involving children in the town of Scarborough. In doing so in this case, we can assure the community that the safety of our students and staff at school continues to be our top priority and uncompromised.”

A Police Department press release on Friday said the department does “not have any information to show that anyone else was involved in the shooting, but the investigation is ongoing at this time.”

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA.

Deputy Scarborough Police Chief Dave Grover, left, and Chief Robbie Moulton speak to reporters Friday, Jan. 22, when they announced the arrest of a 17-year-old Scarborough boy in the connection with the Jan. 18 shooting of a man on Ash Swamp Road.

South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.