Judge sets bail at $50,000 for armed suspect in Millinocket pharmacy robbery

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 31, 2011, at 4:59 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A judge set bail Wednesday at $50,000 cash for the Rockport man accused of robbing a Millinocket pharmacy Monday and leading police on a high-speed chase on the back roads of northern Penobscot County.

Nicholas Skoby is charged with two counts of robbery, both Class A crimes, eluding an officer, a Class C crime, and failure to stop for an officer and driving to endanger, both Class E crimes.

He did not enter a plea Wednesday during his initial appearance by video at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

District Court Judge Bruce Jordan said that even though Skoby had a minor criminal record, a high bail was warranted because of the nature of the crime.

“That this was an armed robbery followed by a chase that put many people in the community in danger obliterates the nature of his criminal history,” the judge said.

Jordan set bail at $400 for Christina Irish, 25, of Millinocket. She was charged with one felony count and one misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs because some of the prescription drugs taken during the robbery were found in her tote bag.

There was no evidence that Irish planned the robbery or knew it was going to happen, Brendan Trainor, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, told the judge Wednesday in requesting a much lower bail for Irish.

Both remained Wednesday night at the Penobscot County Jail

A third defendant, Timothy Ray Ashlock, 28, of Holden, did not appear in court Wednesday. He was arrested Tuesday morning after being 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.

District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Wednesday afternoon that Ashlock would be charged with stealing drugs and possession of oxycodone, both Class C crimes, and possession of narcotics, a Class D crime. Ashlock also could face additional charges, Almy said.

Ashlock is expected to make his first court appearance Friday.

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

A pharmacy employee told police that Skoby passed her a note that read, “Give me Percocet, Ritalin, or die.”

“[She] stated that she began to get the pills and the guy stated you have five seconds and he began counting,” Millinocket police Sgt. Jerry Cox wrote in the affidavit filed Wednesday.

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, according to court documents.

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.

Reporters Dawn Gagnon and Nok-Noi contributed to this report.

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