May 23, 2018
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Getaway driver released on bail, suspect in Lewiston bank robbery remains behind bars

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — The Westbrook woman charged with driving the getaway car in the armed robbery of a Lewiston bank earlier this week was released Friday on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Maria Mattson, 30, is charged with being an accessory after the fact to bank robbery. She was apprehended Wednesday with Paul Sans, 29, of Westbrook in Windham about 30 minutes after the bank robbery. It was reported at 3:32 p.m. at the Auburn Savings and Loan branch on Sabattus Street.

Sans agreed to be held without bail pending the outcome of his case.

Mattson did not know Sans intended to rob the bank when she drove him there, according to the complaint filed in federal court in Portland.

He allegedly entered the bank, pointed a BB gun at a teller, told her “give me the money,” then left with $1,745. When he got back to the car, a dye pack exploded in his sweatshirt pocket, according to the complaint.

“Sans threw the dye pack out the window of the car, and told Mattson to ‘[expletive] drive,’” according to the complaint. “While driving by the waterfront in Lewiston or Auburn, Sans threw out a camouflage mask, white mittens, a pair of pants, and a sweatshirt used in the robbery. Sans threw the gun out later on the highway.”

A witness, who saw Sans exit the bank, gave a description of the car and the license plate number to police.

If convicted, Sans faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 and Mattson faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $125,000.

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