BANGOR – After reviewing the probable cause affidavit in last Thursday’s shooting in Garland, the judge in the case sealed the file for 60 days.
Hartford, Connecticut native Abimelec Castanon, who went by the name Neftali Colon Jr. during his first court appearance on Monday, is charged with elevated aggravated assault and robbery of Joshua Damon.
“I’m satisfied that there is a significant public safety risk demonstrated and a risk of flight,” Judge John Lucy said during the court appearance at Penobscot Judicial Center. “The court has concerns about public safety and the integrity of the process. I’m going to set a cash bail of $200,000.”
Lucy also ordered that a third party cannot post the bail. Colon has a criminal history in his home state, most that are drug related, Benjamin Fowler, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, told the judge.
Each of the charges against Colon carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and or a fine of up to $50,000, if convicted.
After the shooting, Colon took off but was captured in Medway a couple hours later. A local woman recorded the arrest.