Suspect in Bangor bank robbery charged in stabbing incident

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted March 08, 2011, at 12:33 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An investigation into a stabbing Sunday night on Market Street led police to arrest a Bangor man being questioned for a bank robbery that occurred Saturday, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.  

When Donald Lloyd Turner, 39, was charged with felony aggravated assault around 4 p.m. Monday, “we had him in here [at the police station] for questioning” about his connection to the robbery at the Bangor Savings Bank branch on Broadway, the sergeant said.

Because Turner, who was on supervised release for two previous bank robberies, was charged, “he was of course arrested for the bail violation,” Edwards said.

Turner was scheduled to make his initial appearance on a petition for the revocation of his supervised release in U.S. District Court in Portland on Tuesday, but the hearing was continued and a new date has not been set. Turner has asked that an attorney from the Portland law firm that represented him during his two prior robberies defend him again.

 

Turner has not been charged in connection with Saturday’s bank robbery in Bangor, which now is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The robbery at the Bangor Savings Bank branch at 652 Broadway was reported at 2:18 p.m. Saturday, and shortly afterward police released video surveillance images provided by the bank.

Two people who saw the images recognized Turner and the clothing he was wearing, a two-tone gray-and-black spring jacket and black baseball cap, according to the petition in federal court seeking the revocation of Turner’s supervised release.

The stabbing incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday on Market Street, Edwards said.

Officers Jamie Flanning and Kevin Haefele arrived after someone called 911 and then hung up the phone at the residence of a 34-year-old woman. When they arrived, they noticed a female stabbing victim sitting on the porch.

“When they went up and approached her, they could see she had a towel wrapped around her arm,” Edwards said. “They asked her what happened to her arm, and she said it was cut with a knife.”

He added that  “it was a large gash” and “the knife used was taken into evidence.”

Police called for an ambulance and the stabbing victim was taken to a Bangor hospital. She identified Turner as the man involved in the stabbing.

In addition to the two people who saw the bank’s video images and recognized Turner, a third person recognized the apparent getaway vehicle, described as a burgundy Jeep Liberty, possibly a 2002 through 2004 model, court documents state.

The petition included a description of Saturday’s robbery. It said a man fitting Turner’s description entered the bank and gave a teller a checkbook, saying he was having trouble balancing his account. Inside was a note indicating the bank was being robbed. It asked that cash in specific denominations be given to him with no dye packs.

The note also said that a manila envelope he had placed on the counter contained a bomb and ordered the teller not to set off any alarms. The court documents said the teller gathered what cash she had, reportedly $3,263, and placed it in the checkbook. The robber then left in a burgundy Jeep.

Turner’s criminal history dates back to 1991, when he served 30 days in jail and was given one year of probation for theft and assault, according to a rap sheet the Bangor Daily News obtained from the State Bureau of Investigation.

Documents filed Sunday in U.S. District Court in Bangor said Turner was sentenced to five years in prison after he was convicted of robbing two southern Maine banks two days apart in March 2006.

Turner admitted to both 2006 robberies, saying that he was addicted to crack cocaine and that he robbed the two banks to pay a drug dealer, according to the documents.

If Turner is charged in connection with the Bangor bank robbery, the case would be handled in federal court because the FBI has taken over the investigation.

Bangor Daily News writers Judy Harrison and Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

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