A man whose lifelike gun tattoo on his stomach brought police to his home in March was arrested on Friday, this time with a real gun tucked into his waistband. Michael Smith, 41, of Norridgewock, Maine, is accused of stealing Suboxone strips from his former girlfriend.
He was arrested after showing up at the home of a Somerset County sheriff’s deputy with the drugs on him and a real gun in his waistband, police said. Police said he was crying and had been drinking alcohol.
Suboxone is a narcotic used to treat drug dependence.
Smith, charged with stealing drugs and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, was released from the Somerset County Jail in East Madison on $1,000 cash bail.
According to an affidavit by Officer Brett Lowell of the Madison Police Department, police were called to the home of Deputy Don Avery in Madison at 8:07pm on Thursday. Smith was standing in front of Avery’s cruiser with a gun tucked into his waistband, police said.
Police took the gun from Smith as well as a knife he had been carrying in his backpack, according to the affidavit.
He told them that he had just had a fight with his former girlfriend and wanted to hurt himself, according to the affidavit.
Smith told Avery that he had stolen Suboxone strips from the woman, who has a prescription for them, and that they were in the outer pocket of the backpack.
The backpack was confiscated and Smith was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan.
Madison police contacted Smith’s former girlfriend, whose name they didn’t make public, and she confirmed that her prescription was missing. A search warrant was executed for Smith’s backpack at the Skowhegan Police Department, where police found the Suboxone strips, and Smith was arrested. He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 6