HOULTON, Maine — Two Hancock County men accused of robbing a bank in Island Falls last Tuesday made an initial appearance to answer to the charges in Aroostook County Superior Court on Monday.
Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney Kurt Kafferlin said bail was set at $50,000 surety or $10,000 cash with numerous conditions for each suspect — Joseph Fallica, 21, of Trenton and Clinton Michaud, 22, of Ellsworth. Kafferlin said the bail conditions include that the two men not have any contact with each other and that they have a court-appointed custodian supervise them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They also can’t return to the bank they are accused of robbing, Katahdin Trust Co. in Island Falls.
As of about noon Monday, both men remained incarcerated at Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.
Both men were arrested at about 5 p.m. Friday, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. McCausland said impressions taken of tire tracks left behind by the getaway vehicle, which was parked between two nearby potato houses, led a team of state police detectives and troopers to the suspects.
He said the tracks were connected to a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee belonging to Michaud’s girlfriend, who was not charged in connection with the robbery.
According to McCausland, state police believe that Fallica went into the bank and robbed it and that Michaud, a former resident of Island Falls, drove the Jeep the pair used to leave the crime scene.
The bank robbery occurred shortly before noon Tuesday, March 6, when a lone man dressed from head to toe in black demanded money and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash in a blue bag that he had brought with him.
Troopers said no weapon was shown and only two bank tellers were in the building at the time.