ACTON, Maine - Police say an Acton man took his family on a terrifying ride on Tuesday after he became angered over having to drive them to the Y to take a shower after their home's pipes froze due to the recent cold.
Sheriff's deputies first became involved in the incident when they were called to the Saunders Lane/Foxes Ridge Road area in Acton for a disturbance.
Upon arrival, deputies were told that Emanuel Slobada, 30, was intoxicated and had threatened his mother and two sisters with physical harm and had tried to assault his mother with a knife.
The sisters' are ages 14 and 18.
The victims explained that they relocated to Maine to live with Slobada and his girlfriend a couple of months ago in his mobile home. Recently, the pipes had frozen and the women were unable to take a shower, a press release from the York County Sheriff's Office today stated. They asked Slobada to take them to the local YMCA to use the facilities and shower, a request that seemed to anger the intoxicated man. Slobada, however, did agree finally and took them to the Sanford YMCA.
At approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday as they were returning from the YMCA, Slobada, although intoxicated, appeared to be under the influence of something else because he was driving his 2001 Chevrolet Blazer erratically, the statement from YCSO said.
According to the witnesses, Slobada was tailgating other motorists, driving in the oncoming lane, etc., and if another motorist honked or motioned him to move, he became confrontational. At one time he allegedly followed a motorist into the Rite Aid parking lot and confronted them.
The victims said Slobada had begun threatening suicide recently and reiterated that threat during the ride. Fearing for their safety, the women begged him to stop the vehicle so they could get out but that seemed to anger Slobada, the press release stated.
Once he turned onto Sanders lane, he stopped the car and produced a knife, threatening his mother for "telling him to stop the car." The terrified women fled the vehicle once it was stopped and sought refuge at a neighbor's house on Foxes Ridge Road. Unfortunately, the women did not find anybody home at the residence but called the sheriff's office for help. The three victims hid behind the neighbor's house until the arrival of deputies, who arrested the man for domestic violence terrorizing, a Class C felony.
Slobada remains incarcerated at the York County Jail with no bail allowed and will make his initial appearance via video arraignment later today.
The YCSO confirmed that Slobada was arrested in June for a similar offense.