Third Rite Aid robbery suspect arrested in Howland

Posted Aug. 30, 2011, at 9:12 p.m.
Timothy Ray Ashlock
Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Jail
Timothy Ray Ashlock
Christina Loretta Irish
Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Jail
Christina Loretta Irish
Nicholas Michael Skoby
Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Jail
Nicholas Michael Skoby

HOWLAND, Maine — The last of three people identified as suspects in an armed robbery Monday at the Rite Aid pharmacy in Millinocket was arrested Tuesday morning after having eluded police for more than 12 hours.

Timothy Ray Ashlock, 28, of Holden was found about 5:40 a.m. near a store in Howland and then taken to Penobscot County Jail, Millinocket Police Chief Donald Bolduc said Tuesday.

Bolduc said the arrest was made by Maine State Police Trooper Christopher Foxworthy and that he had not yet been apprised of all of the details.

The two other suspects — Christina Irish, 25, of Millinocket and 29-year-old Nicholas Skoby of Rockport — were arrested on Monday, Millinocket police Sgt. Jerry Cox, who is leading the investigation, said late Monday night.

All three suspects have been charged with Class B felony robbery and are being held at Penobscot County Jail, Bolduc said. They are scheduled to make initial court appearances by video Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Additional charges might be filed as the investigation continues.

According to Cox, the robbery was reported shortly before 5 p.m. Skoby allegedly entered the pharmacy with a gun, got away with prescription drugs and cash and fled in a vehicle with Irish and Ashlock.

Bolduc declined Tuesday to say what kind of drugs or how much cash were taken. Cox said the 9 mm handgun allegedly used in the holdup was recovered.

Irish was taken into custody shortly after the vehicle the three were riding in was stopped on Mattamiscontis Road by Deputy Patty McLaughlin of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department.

Skoby and Ashlock fled into the nearby woods, setting off an intense manhunt that involved police from several agencies as well as tracking dogs and a helicopter.

Personnel from the Millinocket and East Millinocket police departments, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, the Maine State Police, the Maine Warden Service and U.S. Border Patrol were among those who converged on the area, near the Chester line and Interstate 95.

A section of Mattamiscontis Road near the Mattamiscontis Township and Chester line was shut down until about 8:30 p.m.

Skoby was found in the nearby woods after he was spotted by a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter that was called in to help the search. He was arrested by a state police officer whose name was not immediately available.

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