Armed robbery suspect released on $5,000 cashSecond suspect ordered held on $50,000 cash
Rockland — A Knox County judge "went out on a limb" Aug. 16 and ordered an armed robbery suspect accused of entering a Union home and assaulting the resident be released on $5,000 cash bail.
Two men, David Williams Jr., 24, of Middletown, Conn., and 40-year-old Cushing resident Paul A. Milardo were arrested Aug. 14 and charged with armed robbery, felony aggravated assault, stealing drugs and theft by unauthorized taking.
Williams was released to his family on $5,000 cash Friday afternoon following his initial court appearance. He did not enter a plea as he is facing felony charges punishable up to 30 years in prison.
Judge John Kennedy told Williams he trusted Williams' mother would be better than any pre-trial service at keeping tabs on him. He warned Williams that if he did not comply with bail conditions, including a curfew, living with his parents, and checking in with Middletown police daily, it would ruin his life.
"I'm going out on a limb, don't cut it off behind me," Kennedy told Williams. "You are lucky to have a supportive family," he added.
Milardo was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail. Defense Attorney William Pagnano argued for bail, saying Milardo could afford to pay $1,000 cash. Kennedy said Milardo's previous conviction record, including drug trafficking and importation, coupled with the seriousness of the new charges, creates a flight risk.
The state contends Milardo told police he went to a home on Common Road in Union to buy drugs, and when he found where the drugs and money were hidden, texted Williams to come to the home. Williams arrived, was let in the door by Milardo, and held a pellet gun to the victim's head while ordering him around the residence.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said the victim had cuts and scrapes on his head, knees, elbows and back. He further stated the victim did not know the gun was a pellet gun.
The victim is prescribed "oxys," according to a police affidavit. More than 200 pills were taken from the apartment.
The victim told police Milardo was his friend.
Milardo and Williams fled and led police on a chase before they were stopped in Wiscasset in a white Nissan sedan, driven by Milardo. Fernald said there were thousands of dollars and hundreds of pills visible in the vehicle when the pair was apprehended.
When caught, both men, in explicit detail, confessed to the crime, said Fernald. He described the state's case as strong.
Fernald said Milardo coordinated the robbery and the main distinction between the men is that Williams has no previous criminal record.
"He is looking at a lengthy sentence if convicted," Kennedy said of Milardo.
Law enforcement officers from Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office and Maine Marine Patrol assisted in pursuing the car for about two miles before Milardo stopped.
Fernald said he is unsure whether there will be a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigation as Milardo said he was buying drugs from the victim.
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