May 24, 2018
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Fugitive captured in Owl’s Head

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

OWLS HEAD, Maine — A federal fugitive who has been the focus of a two-week manhunt was apprehended about 2 p.m. Thursday at Owls Head Light State Park, according to U.S. Marshal Noel March.

Wayne Collamore, 60, was armed with a loaded .22 caliber revolver when he was spotted by deputies from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, March said Thursday night.

The deputies found Collamore on Thursday afternoon in the parking lot near the Owls Head lighthouse, asleep at the wheel of a parked car that had been reported stolen from Round Pond in Lincoln County earlier in the day, March said.

“The deputies were able to take advantage of the element of surprise,” March said. He said Collamore was arrested at gunpoint, which was justified given Collamore’s extensive criminal history, including a prison sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“He offered no resistance,” March said.

March said the deputies had been checking state parks and public parking lots in their effort to locate Collamore, who had been on the lam since May 28, when he walked away from a U.S. Bureau of Prisons halfway house in Portland.

A sighting of Collamore fleeing into the woods in Nobleboro on June 2 triggered a large-scale manhunt by federal authorities and law enforcement agencies from throughout the midcoast region and southern Maine.

March said that Collamore was serving the remainder of a prison sentence for a felon in possession of a firearm conviction when he escaped from the halfway house.

Collamore was scheduled for supervised release in September, March said, adding that as a result of his escape, Collamore likely will not be released “for a very long time.”

After his arrest, Collamore was taken to the Maine State Prison in Warren, where he will be confined until the federal Bureau of Prisons determines where he will be held on a longer-term basis.

March said possible charges the U.S. attorney could lodge against Collamore include escape, being a felon in possession of a firearm and theft of a motor vehicle. He said Collamore also is a suspect in a string of home and camp burglaries under investigation by police in Lincoln County.

“This is just another example of local, state and federal law enforcement working together to bring violent offenders to justice,” March said.

“The community is safe again,” March said, adding, “If you plan to run from the law, don’t do it in Maine.”

During the manhunt, Collamore was described as a danger to the public as well as a career criminal with a history of hiding in the woods, breaking into vacant homes and stealing vehicles to make escapes.

His criminal history dates back to 1970 and includes 14 burglary convictions, 10 theft convictions, four escape convictions and much more, according to a 48-page document from the Maine State Bureau of Identification.

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