Armed robbery suspects to be arraigned Wednesday

Posted March 01, 2011, at 6:28 p.m.
Last modified March 01, 2011, at 8:45 p.m.
Amanda Fowler
Amanda Fowler
Michael Bailey
Michael Bailey

BAILEYVILLE, Maine — A weekend crime spree that police believe was perpetrated by a Calais couple was “essentially a drug rip-off,” according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police, and the alleged victims of the armed robbery could possibly face drug charges.

Michael Bailey and Amanda Fowler, both 27 and from Calais, are expected to make their first appearances in court Wednesday afternoon at Washington County Superior Court in Machias on charges of armed robbery, burglary and aggravated reckless conduct in the wake of this weekend’s crimes in which Bailey was shot in the ear.

“This is all about cocaine,” McCausland said Tuesday afternoon. He said that when Bailey entered a Baring home Saturday night and then attempted to enter a Baileyville home Monday morning, he planned to steal cocaine and cash.

“Cocaine is what started this chain of events,” McCausland said.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency joined the case Monday, McCausland said, and is working with the Baileyville Police Department and the Maine State Police on the investigation.

“At this point, none of the victims of these crimes has been charged but it is a possibility,” McCausland said.

Police became involved in the investigation Sunday morning when six victims arrived at the Calais Police Station to report they had been robbed by a lone gunman the night before at a home in Baring.

The victims told police that four of them were at the home when a masked gunman entered with a gun and threatened to shoot them, according to McCausland. The gunman then ordered the homeowner to call another person so he could also rob him.

The resident made the call and two more males arrived and also were robbed.

The gunman was identified by several of the victims as Bailey. Bailey held the six victims hostage for about 30 minutes, threatened to kill them, and fired one round before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money and cocaine, McCausland said.

The Maine State Police, the Calais and Baileyville police departments, and the U.S. Border Patrol began searching Sunday morning for Bailey and his alleged accomplice, Amanda Fowler.

Then at about 6 a.m. Monday, a shooting was reported at a house in Baileyville. The homeowner in that incident reported that at about 4 a.m. he shot at an armed masked intruder who fled. The homeowner called police two hours later after shots were fired at his house, according to McCausland.

Within hours, Trooper Timothy McCadden spotted Bailey’s car on Route 214 in Pembroke. McCadden and Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. Travis Willey then pulled the car over and took Bailey into custody without incident. The car was being driven by Fowler, who was questioned by police and charged.

A large amount of evidence was recovered during the investigation, according to McCausland, who would not provide details.

Upon his arrest, it was discovered that Bailey was suffering from a gunshot wound to his face and ear and was transported to the Calais Regional Hospital for treatment, and later transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.  McCausland said Bailey sustained a flesh wound to the face and “considerable damage to one ear.” He was released from the hospital Monday night and transported to the Washington County Jail in Machias.

According to the Maine State Bureau of Identification, Fowler, formerly of Robbinston, has just two previous convictions, one in 2007 for theft by unauthorized taking and another in 2010 for criminal mischief.

Bailey, however, has a 15-page rap sheet dating back to 2001 for offenses in Calais and the Lewiston area. He has been arrested numerous times for charges that include disorderly conduct, fighting, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, assault, illegal possession of a firearm or crossbow, unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, and criminal mischief. He has served slightly less than three years in jail for six separate convictions.

According to the State Bureau of Identification, Bailey’s last arrest was in October 2010 for assault and criminal mischief.

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