BANGOR — The sister of the man accused of robbing a bank in Bangor Thursday said the incident was a cry for help.
“He’s been begging for help,” said Nicole Turner Hanson, sister of Donald Turner.
“He sent me an email or text message the day before saying he was suicidal. I reached out to the federal parole office and left them a message. Told them what I got for a message,” she said.
The message from Donald Turner was ominous. He sent a similar one to WVII.
“I just want to say goodbye. I’m through with this world. I’m a piece of sh– that doesn’t deserve another day free or in prison,” Hanson said, reading the message her brother sent her.
“They didn’t do anything. Then all of a sudden the next day I’m getting a message, ‘Does your brother have tattoos on his arms?’ I knew. I didn’t even have to see the picture. I knew,” she said. “Immediately after I saw the picture, I called the detectives and said, ‘We need to talk. I know who it is. We’ve got to get him off the streets. He’s suicidal.'”
Her brother was found with a gun when arrested. Hanson said he had never used a firearm in his previous robberies.
“The firing pin had been removed so it couldn’t shoot. So he was going to suicide by cop,” she said.
Turner’s sister thanked local law enforcement.
“The Bangor detectives were fabulous. They took it seriously. They knew he was suicidal and that he was not going to hurt anybody else,” she said. “They knew my concerns and called me immediately as soon as he was in custody to let me know that he was alive and OK. So I’ll give them kudos.”
Donald Turner’s email states he violated his federal probation by using drugs and he would rather die than go back to jail, where he would “receive no treatment.”
“There is all kinds of demands put on these inmates when they get released, which is great. It makes them accountable but there is no resources to help them,” Hanson said.
She added, “All he’s asked for is rehab and he’s not getting it.”