Subway robbery suspect arrested in Presque Isle

Posted June 30, 2010, at 8 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Police captured a Presque Isle man early Wednesday in connection with a robbery at the Subway sandwich shop Monday evening.

Mark Mullen, 25, who was the primary suspect during the investigation, was arrested at 8 a.m.

Police Chief Naldo Gagnon said Wednesday evening that Mullen was recognized by several people at a rest stop from images displayed by the media and posted on the police department’s Facebook page. Gagnon said the callers were afraid Mullen planned to board a bus that stops in the area.

Mullen was taken into custody by Presque Isle Detective Bill Scull with assistance from Deputy Ross McQuade of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident at the Main Street restaurant happened just before 11:45 p.m., according to police.

Two employees were working in the store Monday night when a man, who they said was dressed completely in black, entered the store. He had a black mask over his face, so the workers could not identify him.

The employees said the man brandished a knife and told them he was there to rob the store.

He then forced the two employees into a walk-in cooler and fled on foot. The suspect made off with the money, but at this point in the investigation, police are not saying how much was taken.

After breaking out of the cooler, the employees called police.

Officer Kevin Schumacher and the department’s bloodhound tracking dog, Hunter, were called in, and evidence was recovered from the scene, police said.

Police immediately posted information about the robbery on their Facebook page. Investigators also obtained a security camera image of the suspect, in addition to surveillance footage, all of which was taken when Mullen reportedly stopped into the Wal-Mart store on Main Street.

“People recognized him from the pictures and video,” said Gagnon. “He has a very large visible tattoo that matched the image from the photographs and video.”

Mullen has been charged with robbery, which is a felony. He was taken to Aroostook County Jail in Houlton and is being held on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 surety.

Police have recovered a small amount of money that was stolen during the robbery, according to Gagnon.

Scull and Officer Larry Fickett investigated the robbery with assistance by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department and Maine State Police.

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