Scarborough standoff ends with arrest, no injuries

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SCARBOROUGH — A McIntyre Way man was arrested early Monday morning after a standoff with the Southern Maine Regional SWAT team that lasted more than five hours. 

Scarborough police responded to a call at 9:45 p.m. Sunday night to 3 McIntyre Way, where William L. Bowser, 56, had allegedly assaulted two adult family members before locking himself inside, according to a Police Department press release. 

Police discovered there were three children under the age of 5 in the house with Bowser, as well as the “reported presence of numerous firearms.” That led officers to exercise “an abundance of caution” when trying to make contact with Bowser, according to the release. 

The regional SWAT team of officers from Scarborough, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth was deployed, along with crisis negotiators. 

Over the next several hours, police tried unsuccessfully to make contact with Bowser by telephone and loudspeaker. Officers eventually obtained a search warrant and entered the residence around 5 a.m. Monday morning. 

Everyone inside, including the three children, was found to be unharmed. Bowser was charged with two counts of domestic violence assault and a civil offense for creating a police standoff. 

He was being held at Cumberland County Jail.