BREWER, Maine — Police went to the Village Green Motel earlier this month after a patron called to say a couple with a machete was trying to get into rooms, Brewer police Cpl. Steve Boyd said Friday.
Police found Jason H. Brown, 39, and Maria A. Pounds, 40, going door to door at the motel at around 4:30 p.m. April 12, and they also found injured motel guests, the corporal said.
In one room, police found a 72-year-old man who had been threatened and pushed into his bathroom by Brown and was blocked from leaving by Pounds, Boyd said.
In another room, officers found a 52-year-old man and 42-year-old woman bloody from being assaulted by Brown and Pounds, the corporal said.
Why the couple assaulted the motel patrons is not known, Boyd said.
“Maybe they were looking for drugs. We’re not sure,” the corporal said.
Both Brown and Pounds list their residence as the Hope House, a Bangor shelter for people struggling with drugs and alcohol, and both were charged with felony burglary as well as two counts of assault, Boyd said.
They both were taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor and could spend up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the felony burglary charges. Both remained in jail on Friday, Boyd said.
“The machete was located in the old man’s room,” the corporal said.
Brown was convicted of disorderly conduct in March and criminal trespass in January, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.
In the last decade, Pounds has been convicted of acquiring drugs by deception, sale and use of drug paraphernalia, violating condition of release, criminal mischief and twice for assault, the BDN listings state.