MILFORD — A partnership of quickly responding law enforcement officers captured two people involved in an armed robbery Thursday morning.
A desperate 911 call for help came in at 10:03 a.m. from a woman on Water Street reporting the crime. She said two suspects fled the scene. Both were captured before noon.
“Units responded. Upon arrival, we were assisted by state police, forestry, the warden service, marine patrol and Old Town PD. With the cooperation of all those other agencies, we were able to get all parties involved,” Chief Deputy Bill Birch of the Penobscot Sheriff’s Office said from the scene.
“We have them now and interviews are being conducted. The case is still ongoing. We’re still trying to piece everything together,” he said.
A woman was seen being escorted out of the woods behind the house by a Maine State Police trooper, and placed into handcuffs by members of the sheriff’s department.
While a Maine Forest Service helicopter circled above, an eye witness saw a man trying to escape capture by attempting to hide on a small island located in the Penobscot River near the end of Sawmill Road.
“He was on the island and three state troopers got dropped off by a boat. And the next thing I know a deer jump out. They had a dog, too, so I’m assuming the dog must have flushed him out,” said Larry Hannon, manager of the Dairy Queen in Old Town who was downtown dropping off an employee.
“The next thing I know I see a guy out running and he ran out into the water and tried to swim across the river over to Indian Island, but I don’t know what he was thinking,” he said. “They circled around him and tried to get him in the boat and it looked like a state trooper jumped in to get him and put him in the bow of the boat and took him to the boat launch.”
Birch said one of the suspects did require medical attention.
If charged with armed robbery, the suspects face a penalty of 10 to 30 years in prison.