BANGOR, Maine — An Orono woman stepped off the BAT bus Tuesday morning in Pickering Square and was walking to an appointment when a teenager grabbed her purse, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday morning. The suspect, a 17-year-old boy who has a history of run-ins with police, was later arrested.
“She stated that it took him two tugs to free the purse and then he fled on foot,” Edwards said in a press release.
A good Samaritan saw the 11:30 a.m. robbery and followed the teen.
“She stated that she followed the suspect and got a very good description of him and that she also recovered most of the property that the suspect had discarded along the first leg of his getaway route,” Edwards said.
With information from the witness and help from Lt. Tim Reid, who happened to be driving in an unmarked police car in the area of State and Grove streets, the suspect was found and subsequently arrested on Grove Street and taken to the Penobscot County Jail, Edwards said. He was later taken to the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston.
Police are not releasing the identity of the suspect because he is a juvenile, but they did say he is a transient from the Bangor area.
“He has a bunch of history with us,” Edwards said later in the day.
The suspect was arrested and charged with felony robbery and three outstanding warrants. One warrant is for carrying a concealed weapon and being a minor in possession of alcohol, the second is for two criminal mischief charges, and the third warrant is another carrying a concealed weapon charge, Edwards said.
The warrants, which pertained to crimes allegedly committed this year, were issued because the teen did not show up for court to answer the charges against him, the sergeant said.
The 38-year-old victim was not injured in the robbery, Edwards said.
“She got most of her stuff back,” he said. “She was missing her wallet, but most of her stuff was recovered. There was money and change scattered all around.”