June 21, 2018
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Man charged in Big Apple robbery says he owed dealer $70 for bath salts

Courtesy of Bangor Police Department
Courtesy of Bangor Police Department
Nicholas M. Robichaud
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR — A Brewer man charged with robbing a local convenience store shortly after midnight on Friday, July 22, may have needed the more than $90 he left the Big Apple with to pay off a drug dealer and keep his fingers, according to a Bangor police report.

Nicholas M. Robichaud, 29, was arrested about 1:20 p.m. Thursday near the Twin City Garage on State Street in Brewer. He had been staying at his mother’s home, located not far from where he was arrested, according to the report filed at Penobscot Judicial Center.

Robichaud was charged with Class B robbery of the Bangor convenience store and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

He told Bangor police that he did not remember donning a mask, entering the store at 146 State St. and demanding money from a clerk.

Robichaud admitted to police that he had been using “monkey dust,” also known as “bath salts,” last week and owed $70 to his drug supplier, according to the police report. He also told police that the person he bought bath salts from had threatened to cut off one of his fingers a day and deduct $20 from the debt for each digit unless Robichaud paid him, according to the report.

The accused robber said he remembered hiding along the Penobscot River near Eastern Maine Medical Center in the early morning hours of July 22, according to the police report. He told investigators he went to his mother’s house that afternoon, but she did not let him in the house until that evening when she returned from work.

Robichaud’s mother told police she was worried about her son because he slept for three days straight, and also about his drug use.

“Bath salts” are a synthetic drug that became illegal in Maine at the beginning of July and usually contain mephedrone or Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV. Police, doctors and emergency responders have reported signs of paranoia, hallucinations, convulsions and psychotic behavior in users of the drug.

Robichaud told police he had experienced paranoia and hallucinations on the night he allegedly robbed the store.

The accused robber made his first court appearance Friday before District Court Judge Bruce Jordan at Penobscot Judicial Center.

Jordan set bail at $10,000 cash or $50,000 surety.

Robichaud did not enter a plea. He most likely will be indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury next month. His next court date is Sept. 13 with a trial tentatively set for Oct. 3.

Robichaud remained Friday night at the jail in Bangor unable to make bail.

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