May 20, 2018
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Bangor man involved in choking attack gets 3 years in prison

Adam D. Freeman
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local man was sentenced Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to three years in prison for his role in an assault and robbery in May.

Adam D. Freeman, 25, of Bangor was sentenced after pleading guilty to aggravated assault, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office. In a plea agreement, a robbery charge against Freeman was dismissed, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney, said after the sentencing.

The charges against Freeman and Scott Macomber, 44, of LaGrange stemmed from an incident on May 13 when a 33-year-old Bangor man called police to report that after accepting a ride in a van, he had been choked from behind until he became unconscious, robbed of his cash and cellphone and dumped on the side of the road, according to Bangor police.

Macomber also was charged with robbery and aggravated assault. His next court appearance is scheduled for Friday, July 6, according to Roberts.

Both men have been at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make $25,000 cash bail since their arrests.

The victim reported to police that he “woke up in the parking lot of Angelo’s Pizzeria on Hammond Street as the van took off” at around 1:15 a.m., Bangor police Sgt Paul Edwards told the Bangor Daily News in May. “The victim quickly flagged down a passing motorist and used her phone to call police.”

The silver van, driven by Macomber with Freeman and three local women in the back seat, took off out Hammond Street and was located minutes later by Officer Richard Polk at the Mobil On the Run gas station located at the corner of Union Street and Griffin Road, according to a previously published report.

The male victim told police he had planned to call a cab but accepted the offer of a ride from Macomber, who is an acquaintance he knew only by first name. Once he was in the van, Freeman choked him from behind until he was unconscious.

Police said in May that cash was recovered from the men in the van.

The victim said he had a sore neck and was assessed by paramedics at the scene but was not taken to a hospital.

Freeman faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 on the aggravated assault charge, as does Macomber. Macomber also faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 if convicted of the robbery charge.

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