Police Alert Public

10/18/2013 - Portland Police Department
109 Middle Street
Portland, Maine 04101
CONTACT: Asst. Chief Vern Malloch, 207-874-8548


October 18, 2013

Police Alert Public

Following an investigation by Portland Police, 27-year-old Carlos Reed of Portland has been charged with the class D crime of Threatening Display of a Weapon. He has now been released on bail with a listed address of 49 Falmouth Street #1B and police are alerting the community.

On September 27, 2013 at 1:01 AM Reed was found walking on Forest Avenue near Woodfords Corner. He was wearing a camoflaged bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle with a 5x scope and laser site. He also had a total of four magazines for the assault rifle containing 120 rounds of ammunition and a handgun strapped to his ankle. Officers had been searching the area after receiving a 911 call from a concerned citizen. Officers initially released Reed pending review of the case, but the guns were seized.

Following our investigation and a review by the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office, a warrant was issued. Reed was arrested by the Maine State Police in Lebanon on Friday, October 4th. At the time of his arrest in York County, he was also issued criminal summons charging the class D crime of Illegal Possession of Hypodermic Apparatus and the class E crime of Possession of Schedule Z Drugs. A search of Reed’s vehicle at the time of his arrest also revealed a .22 caliber handgun and a bullet proof vest.

Reed has repeatedly stated that he was exercising his constitutional rights to open carry and he intends to arm himself again and force confrontations with police. Reed is an Iraq war veteran who stated that he was conducting a military training mission when he was stopped by Portland officers. He has several bail conditions to include no possession of firearms and ammunition and a curfew from 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

This information is being released for public safety purposes. Anyone encountering Reed walking armed in the City should not approach, please call 911.

To provide information anonymously, community members may contact us by text, internet, or phone.

Mobile phone users can text the keyword “GOTCHA” plus their message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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Anonymous phone tips can be left on the Department’s Crime Tip line: 207-874-8584.