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Rochester man arrested after nine-hour standoff that evacuated park

Union Leader Correspondent

April 21. 2018 8:11PM

ROCHESTER — A city man was arrested early Friday after a nine-hour standoff that caused the evacuation of Amazon Park.

Ryan Cortina, 30, was charged with five counts of domestic simple assault, false imprisonment and criminal mischief.

Capt. Jason Thomas said police were called to the park at 3:09 p.m. Thursday after a woman escaped from a trailer on Lot 83.

Police said they saw Cortina in the trailer alone with a gun, barricading doors and windows.

Thomas said Cortina threw firecrackers at the officers. Some residents believed they were gunshots, he said.

Residents were evacuated and offered shelter at the local community center, Thomas said.

Thomas said police were concerned about Cortina booby-trapping the residence.

Thomas said a BearCat, an armored vehicle, was used to ram through the door just after midnight.

Police used a robot to access the trailer, where Cortina was found on the floor.

Cortina was taken to Frisbie Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland, in serious condition, Thomas said.

“From my knowledge, there is nothing police did to hurt him,” Thomas said.
Because of his medical condition, Cortina might not be arraigned Friday, Thomas said.

Police are obtaining a warrant to search the trailer and plan to return to the lot Friday morning, he said.

Thomas said residents were allowed back into the park about 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Amazon Park was opened as a seasonal campground decades ago, but has become a year-round residence for indigent people, town officials have said.

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