AUGUSTA, Maine — Augusta police have arrested a local man in connection with the Dec. 20 abduction and kidnapping of a woman in the Walmart parking lot.
The suspect was still being questioned late Thursday afternoon and afterward was to be taken to Kennebec County Jail pending an initial court appearance.
Detectives and patrol officers with the Augusta Police Department arrested Shawn A. Doray, 33, in the basement of a residence at 93 Northern Ave. in Augusta, Detective Lt. Keith Brann said in a news release issued Thursday.
Doray was taken into custody without incident after an intensive investigation by the department’s criminal investigation division, Brann said.
Brann credited the arrest in large part to help and cooperation from the public and media outlets.
“The investigation revealed that this was a totally random act where the victim and suspect were not previously known to one another,” Brann said. “Crimes of this nature are not the norm for the city and from the response of the citizens, it is not something that will be tolerated.”
According to published reports, an assailant abducted a 51-year-old woman who was walking to her car after shopping at Walmart.
Police say he showed a weapon, the type of which they did not disclose, and forced the woman to drive to an ATM, where he ordered her to withdraw cash. They did not disclose how much cash the suspect got away with before running away on foot.
Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the suspect as Shane Doray. His first name is Shawn.