Police say a man responsible for an alleged attack Monday evening on an employee at the Sister Mary O’Donnell Homeless Shelter in Presque Isle is in custody. 

Presque Isle Police responded to the shelter on Central Drive at around 7:15 p.m. where they say an employee had been attacked with mace and some sort of "edged weapon." The victim was transported to TAMC with non-life threatening injuries and was later released.

Presque Isle PD
Presque Isle PD

The attack was captured on surveillance cameras inside the shelter, according to Detective Kris Beck of Presque Isle PD. The suspect was identified as 65-year-old Daniel Bertrand, of Nashua, New Hampshire. Bertrand had been staying at the shelter for the past week.

Presque Isle Police immediately initiated a search for the suspect with help from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police and U.S. Border Patrol.

At around 8:30 Tuesday morning, phone calls from the public led police directly to the suspect, Beck said.  Presque Isle Police and Border Patrol agents took Bertrand into custody on the State Road near Skyway Street.

Bertrand has been charged with Aggravated Assault (Class B Felony) and is being held on $50,000 bail.

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