May 28, 2018
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Three indicted in connection with kidnapping

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Three people accused of being involved in the kidnapping of an 18-year-old girl were among 60 people indicted by the Knox County grand jury Wednesday. Jessica E. Gagnon, Felicity Hall Butler and Zachary M. Clarke were each indicted on charges of kidnapping and assault.

Gagnon, 28, of Thomaston also was indicted for violation of condition of release, tampering with a witness or informant and terrorizing. Butler, 31, of Rockland also was indicted for terrorizing. Butler was arrested Feb. 1 and Gagnon was arrested Jan. 26. Clarke, 26, of Rockland was brought to Knox County Jail on Feb. 3.

Gagnon and Clarke are still in jail. Their cash bails are $10,000 each. Butler is free on bail.

Police reports filed at Knox County Courts indicated that Butler, Gagnon and Clarke’s victim was invited for drinks at a Rockland apartment Dec. 5. Once the victim arrived, Gagnon and Butler allegedly came out of a bathroom and attacked her.

Gagnon grabbed the teen by her hair and dragged her while Butler pushed her out of the apartment, the report stated. Gagnon allegedly punched the woman while dragging her into the yard, down the street and into Gagnon’s car. According to the victim’s boyfriend, who was at the scene, she appeared to have been knocked out, reports state.

That night, police found Gagnon and the victim inside another apartment, according to the police report. The teenager had bruising around both of her eyes and around her right ear and a cut under her right eye, according to the report.

The victim told police it was impossible to leave because the two women were guarding her and that the women told her she would be able to leave the apartment once her face healed.

The victim said Gagnon took her phone and did not let her speak to anyone.

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