Washington County couple accused of armed robbery indicted on 47 charges

Posted May 10, 2011, at 3:37 p.m.
Last modified May 10, 2011, at 8:32 p.m.

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Amanda Fowler
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Amanda Fowler
Michael Bailey
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Michael Bailey

MACHIAS, Maine — A Washington County couple arrested in February after an armed crime spree police said was aimed at ripping off drugs were indicted Tuesday by a Washington County grand jury on 47 offenses.

Amanda Fowler, 27, of Robbinston and Michael Bailey, 27, of Calais are accused of entering a Baring Plantation home on Saturday, Feb. 26, and then attempting to enter a Baileyville home two days later to steal cocaine and cash.

The victims of the Baring robbery told police that four of them were at the home when a masked man entered with a gun and threatened to shoot them, according to Maine State Police spokesman Stephen 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, unaware of the scenario unfolding. They too 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.

Members of the Maine State Police, Calais and Baileyville police departments, and U.S. Border Patrol began searching the morning of Feb. 27 for Bailey and his alleged accomplice, Amanda Fowler.

At about 6 a.m. the next day, 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, Bailey’s car was spotted on Route 214 with Fowler driving. Both were taken into custody and questioned.

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

Both Fowler and Bailey remain at Washington County Jail.

The charges against the couple include one count each of Class A burglary and eight counts each of Class A robbery. Class A crimes are punishable by up to 30 years in prison and fines of $50,000 for each crime.

Charges against Bailey include eight counts of Class A robbery, Class A burglary, nine counts of criminal threatening, reckless conduct, two counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, assault and three counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Charges against Fowler include eight counts of Class A robbery, Class A burglary, nine counts of criminal threatening, assault and three counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency is working with the Baileyville Police Department and the Maine State Police on the investigation.

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