BANGOR, Maine — All Jeffrey Denis got for allegedly pointing a gun at a motel desk clerk four days before Christmas was $68.
Denis, 31, of Veazie made his first appearance Wednesday before a judge at the Penobscot Judicial Center on a charge of robbing the Fairfield Inn on Odlin Road in Bangor.
Superior Court Justice William Anderson on Wednesday set Denis’ bail at $50,000 cash.
Denis remained late Wednesday at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail. He was arrested Tuesday morning at a Veazie trailer park where he lives with his girlfriend and infant son.
Denis is charged with robbing the Fairfield Inn at gunpoint about 9:30 p.m. Dec. 21.
A tip led police to Denis’ girlfriend. She had told a women she had been in a drug treatment program with that Denis was responsible for the robbery, according to a police affidavit filed in court. The friend went to police.
Denis’ girlfriend told police that she had waited for him in a van in the parking lot behind the Howard Johnson motel, which is adjacent to the Fairfield Inn, but did not know he was going to rob the motel. The woman said she did not know he had taken a gun with him until after the robbery was over. She thought he was going to make a drug deal at the motel, as he had done in the past, the girlfriend told police.
The girlfriend said that Denis threw the gun out the window of the van somewhere on Interstate 95 but was not sure exactly where, the affidavit said.
Denis’ next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 4.
If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.