Rockport man charged in Orono armed robbery

By Stephen Betts | Jan 10, 2017

Orono — A 20-year-old Rockport man is being held at the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor on a charge that he participated in an armed robbery at an Orono residence.

Clark N. Thomas made his initial appearance Monday, Jan. 9, in Penobscot County Unified Court in Bangor. He did not enter a plea to the robbery charge because the case has not been presented to a grand jury.

Bail is set at $20,000 cash.

Orono Police Chief Josh Ewing said Tuesday that Thomas and two other individuals were arrested Sunday night at about 10:30 for a robbery that had occurred about four hours earlier at Orchard Trails, a housing complex where students live.

Ewing said police received a report that a man entered an apartment wearing a mask and carrying a pistol. The man demanded cash.

One of the people in the apartment got a rifle from his bedroom and pointed it at the intruder and ordered him to leave.

The man fled on foot with a small amount of cash, the chief said. Police were able to track the suspect through the snow to another building in the housing complex. As a result of the investigation, Thomas and Michael P. Lynch, 21, of Orono, were both charged with Class A robbery.

Katelyn E. Heiman, 20, who listed an Arundel address, was charged with felony hindering apprehension or prosecution, a Class B crime.

The chief declined to say which person he believed was the masked intruder. Class A robbery carries a potential prison term of 30 years.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 10, 2017 16:27

We seem to have our share of 20+ or so, aged students or dropouts thinking they have a free ride. Perhaps now hooked on drugs but certainly not working to contribute to society as a whole.  Robbery charges and a slap on the wrist and then from there to what?  More holdups?  What is this young society coming to. Certainly not contributing to the community and working their way up the ladder. It certainly is not the norm of college youth and high School achievers who take a job and support their families.

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