POLICE BEAT

Suspect in ATM robbery allegedly pulled knife on brother

Posted July 11, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

LUBEC, Maine — Three very intoxicated men were arrested last week and one remained in jail Monday following an attempted robbery of an ATM, an escape from police custody and a drug arrest, according to police.

Aaron Avery, 23, of Lubec, remained in jail Monday, charged with escape and domestic assault, said Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith. Charges of attempted burglary of a Bar Harbor Bank and Trust ATM machine are pending, Smith said Monday.

During his escape, which lasted between 45 minutes and an hour, Avery was sprayed by a skunk and bitten often by mosquitoes, Smith said.

The sheriff said Avery went to a home Thursday evening that he shared with several other people and got into a fight with a knife with his brother, Evan Avery, 25. Smith said the fight happened after Aaron Avery attempted to burglarize an ATM at the local Bar Harbor Bank, which was reportedly confirmed through video surveillance.

Smith said no one was injured in the fight and Evan Avery was able to hold his brother in a back room while he called for and awaited police.

When Washington County Deputy Keith York arrived, he placed Aaron Avery in a cruiser, secured him in a seat belt and handcuffs, and locked the back doors. After taking some statements inside the home, York returned to his cruiser to find Avery gone.

“We have no idea how he got out,” Smith said Monday.

A game warden was called to conduct a K-9 search, and after several sweeps around Lubec found Avery still in handcuffs about an hour later.

Also within the hour, other deputies searching for Avery discovered the victim, Evan Avery, and another man, Daniel Haskins, 35, who lives in the same apartment as the Avery brothers, in a car at the former Quoddy Dolphin Motel.

Smith said both men were intoxicated and when asked to exit the car, they resisted police. Evan Avery fell out of the car when a door was opened, Smith said, and sustained minor injuries. No medical treatment was necessary.

Evan Avery was charged with disorderly conduct, and Haskins was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of drugs.

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