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Police: Man brandished weapons at Maine Trump rally attended by Noem

Peter Beitzell allegedly confronts rally-goers at a Trump campaign event in Bangor, Maine.
Peter Beitzell allegedly confronts rally-goers at a Trump campaign event in Bangor, Maine.(WABI)
Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 12:02 PM CDT
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BANGOR, Maine (Dakota News Now) - A Maine man is facing charges after police say he brandished weapons during a confrontation at a campaign event attended by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

Fifty-eight-year-old Peter Beitzell was arrested on several charges, including felony threatening with a criminal weapon.

Peter Beitzell
Peter Beitzell(Bangor Police Dept.)

The incident took place around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at a rally for President Donald Trump at a strip mall in Bangor, Maine. Noem had just arrived when Beitzell allegedly began harassing and exchanging words with those gathered at the rally.

Police say Beitzell became upset after he was approached by a member of Noem’s security detail. At some point, Beitzell allegedly moved toward the crowd while brandishing a wooden baton and a knife. Security officers told Beitzell to put the weapons away, but he ignored them, and allegedly walked towards an officer while still holding the weapons.

Beitzell eventually returned to his vehicles and put the weapons away. Police officers soon arrived and arrested him.

No one was injured during the incident, and there were no other disturbances reported at the rally. Noem’s spokesperson Ian Fury tells Dakota News Now the governor planned to continue with the rest of the day’s planned campaign events, which included a stop in New Hampshire, like normal.

Noem has made several stops across the country as a surrogate for Trump’s campaign. Prior to her visit to Maine, she was in Omaha for a rally Tuesday night.

Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at a campaign rally for Pres. Trump in Bangor, Maine
Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at a campaign rally for Pres. Trump in Bangor, Maine(WABI)

Gov. Kristi Noem’s security detail “responded” to a person brandishing two weapons at a campaign event in Maine, according to a spokesperson for her office.

The incident took place Wednesday morning while Noem campaigned for President Donald Trump at an event in Bangor, Maine.

At some point during the event, an individual brandished two weapons. Noem’s spokesperson Ian Fury tells Dakota News Now her security detail responded to the incident. The individual was soon arrested.

Fury said Noem was never at any risk of harm during the incident. She plans to continue with her campaigning plans for the rest of the day as normal.

No other details about the incident have been released.

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