Escaped Pa. prisoner tracked down in Newport

Posted Dec. 20, 2010, at 6:06 p.m.
Steven Dumont. Image courtesy of the Penobscot County Jail.
Penobscot County Jail | Penobscot County Jail
Steven Dumont. Image courtesy of the Penobscot County Jail.

NEWPORT, Maine — A prison escapee from Pennsylvania who also is the subject of multiple arrest warrants in Maine was found in Newport on Sunday after a concerned citizen told police where he was hiding.

Newport police Detective Randy Wing said Steven O. Dumont, 29, whose most recent address was listed as Pittsfield, was arrested without incident around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Wing said a recent crime bulletin out of Montgomery County, Pa., stated that Dumont had escaped from a work-release program in early November and might have headed for central Maine. Shortly after the release of that bulletin, Wing received a report from an area resident who said that Dumont was staying in Gilman’s Trailer Park in Newport.

A Maine State Police trooper already had checked the homes of some of Dumont’s family members. Using that information and interviews with confidential informants, Wing said he was able to narrow Dumont’s location down to one of two mobile homes.

“The sighting of a certain vehicle also helped,” Wing said.

With the help of Maine State Police troopers, Wing approached the front doors of the homes. After being given permission to search the properties, Wing reportedly found Dumont hiding in a bathroom. He was arrested without incident. Wing said Dumont possessed heroin at the time of his arrest.

In addition to being a fugitive from justice, Dumont was also the subject of at least four arrest warrants in Maine. According to Wing, he was wanted by Skowhegan District Court for unpaid fines stemming from burglary and theft convictions; a Newport District Court warrant for unpaid fines related to an operating after being deemed a habitual traffic offender conviction; a Skowhegan District Court warrant for a probation revocation after a burglary conviction; and a Somerset County Superior Court warrant for a probation revocation stemming from burglary, robbery, theft and conspiracy to commit a Class A crime convictions. Wing was unsure what led to Dumont’s imprisonment in Pennsylvania. A detective with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department could not be reached for comment Monday.

No one else was charged in connection with the incident.

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