Arrest made in attack on Passadumkeag woman

Posted Dec. 19, 2008, at 11:12 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:09 a.m.

PASSADUMKEAG — State Police arrested a local man Friday morning in connection with a brutal attack on a 60-year-old woman in her home on October 29.

Derwin Springer Jr., 38, is facing charges of sexual assault and burglary, said Penobscot County District Attorney Chris Almy at a press conference in Bangor to announce the arrest. Springer was transported to Penobscot County Jail. He is expected to make his initial appearance in Penobscot County Superior Court Monday or Tuesday.

Although details of the arrest were not immediately released, Almy said DNA evidence collected from the victim was matched to Springer.

The Pleasant Street resident reported that the man had forced his way into her home early that Wednesday. A state police evidence team and several detectives went to her house to assist in the investigation.

The woman was taken by ambulance to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln and transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor before she was released, police said.

Passadumkeag is a community of about 440 people located 15 miles north of Old Town. Pleasant Street is about a mile long, off U.S. Route 2, near the Penobscot River.

Surrounded by several shorter roads and cul-de-sacs, Pleasant is the main road of the community, with a U.S. Postal Service branch office, church, town office and volunteer fire station along it.