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Monmouth police say standoff that led to blockage of Rt. 126 ended peacefully, suspect in custody

Monmouth police said officers arrived Friday morning to find Howard Gribbin had barricaded himself inside his garage at home number 378 on Rt. 126.

MONMOUTH, Maine — The Monmouth Police Department said in a press release Friday that a standoff with a man who allegedly violated a protection order led Monmouth fire officials to block traffic on Route 126. Police said the standoff ended peacefully and the road is back open.

Monmouth police said officers arrived around 7:30 Friday morning to find Howard Gribbin had barricaded himself inside his garage at home number 378 on Rt. 126. Due to unknown weapons, Monmouth police said the Maine State Police Tactical Team and negotiators were called to the scene to attempt contact with Gribbin.

Around 12:30 p.m., police said Gribbin peacefully surrendered. He was taken into custody and transported to the Kennebec County Jail.

According to police, Gribbin was charged with the following:

  • Violation of conditions of release (class C)
  • Violation of a protection order (class D)
  • Creating a police standoff (class E)