BANGOR, Maine — One of the two women accused of planning the attack and kidnapping of a 20-year-old Brewer woman is the victim’s sister, according to a police affidavit filed in court Wednesday.
The women, Anjelika Cray, 19, and Kara Doll, 18, the victim’s sister, both of Brewer, partnered with Benjamin McClure, 30, of Bangor because the victim had “ripped him off for $600 last week” in a drug deal gone bad, states the affidavit written by Brewer police Officer Rodney Gerald.
All three suspects made their first appearance Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Cray and Doll are charged with felony conspiracy to commit kidnapping, while McClure is charged with felony kidnapping and unlawful sexual contact, as well as misdemeanor assault and terrorizing.
The incident began around 9:15 p.m. Monday when Cray, Doll and her sister were returning from a store on South Main Street in Brewer. McClure forced Cray and the victim into his car, which was parked in a parking lot just off the street, police say.
Doll called 911 and reported that her sister and her friend had gotten into a stranger’s car. That prompted the police search and subsequent investigation.
Julio DeSanctis, who was hired to represent McClure on Wednesday, said during court and afterward that his client did nothing wrong.
“There was no kidnapping and no sexual assault,” he said in court. In the lobby after court, DeSanctis said his client had picked up the young women and driven around with them after he received a text message telling him the victim had the money she had stolen from him.
“The so-called victim admitted to stealing $600 from my client and my client gets a text [message] saying she had the money,” DeSanctis said.
The court documents, however, tell a different story. The victim, Cray and Doll told police that McClure forced the victim and Cray into the back seat of the vehicle he was driving. After driving to the secluded Maine Motel Supply parking lot farther down South Main Street, McClure demanded his money and got the victim out of the car, court documents state.
McClure then “forced her head into the trunk of the car and searched her pockets,” the affidavit states. “He then felt her pants and told her that he was going to get his money one way or another and told her to drop her pants.”
She refused. He unbuttoned her pants and then sexually assaulted her with his hand until she started to cry and yell and he pulled away, it states. After the victim was returned to the back seat, Cray “convinced Ben that they had the money at the house on Brimmer Street and if he took them back she would get it for him,” the documents state.
McClure drove to the house, where Doll also was waiting. While he was parked outside, police arrived.
When police checked everyone’s cell phones, they found text messages sent by Cray and Doll to McClure outlining the plan to “try and scare [the victim] into giving the money back to Ben,” according to the affidavit.
The three were arrested around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after “Kara admitted to conspiring to have [her sister] kidnapped and Ben also admitted that he was part of the plan,” the affidavit states.
On Wednesday, Superior Court Justice William Anderson set bail at $2,000 unsecured for Doll. Before setting her conditions of release, Anderson asked Karen Rice, mother of the Doll sisters, to approach the podium so he could ask where the victim is staying.
The victim has an Old Town apartment, but had been staying with her sister and Cray at her mother’s house on Brimmer Street in Brewer.
Rice told the judge Wednesday that the victim “is staying at some friends’ [house] right now. She’s been staying in town because she’s afraid to stay” at her Old Town apartment because someone has been harassing her. She did not say who was harassing her daughter.
Anderson restricted Kara Doll to her mother’s house, required her to be in the presence of her mother when not at the house, and barred her from contact with any of the co-defendants or the victim. He is allowing her to travel to the Shaw House in Bangor, where she is taking classes to earn her general equivalency diploma.
McClure’s bail was set at $10,000 surety or $1,000 cash and his conditions of release include no contact with any of the co-defendants or the victim. The judge added a curfew that requires him to be at his parents’ house, which is where he lives, or in their presence between the hours of 5 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.
The judge decided to set Cray’s bail at $5,000 surety or $500 cash because she could not return to Brimmer Street and did not have a place to live.
“I’m not prepared to let her out right now,” Anderson said. “Unless she can make the bail.”
If Cray is able to make bail, she will be barred from any contact with any of the co-defendants or the victim. Cray is the only one among the three facing charges who has a criminal history, according to Assistant District Attorney Susan Pope.
All three suspects were taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor after their arrests. Both Doll and McClure were released on bail Wednesday but Cray remained in jail Wednesday night, a jail official said.
If convicted of the kidnapping charge, McClure faces up to 10 years in prison and up to five years for unlawful sexual assault.
The felony conspiracy charges against Cray and Kara Doll carry a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.