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Bail set for man accused of robbing Milford redemption center

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Joshua Long (right) stands with attorney of the day Peter Bos during his initial appearance via video conferencing at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Friday, July 13, 2012. Long is accused of robbing the Main Road Redemption Center in Milford on Monday, July 2, 2012.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Bail has been set at $5,000 cash for a 24-year-old Milford man accused of robbing the Main Road Redemption Center earlier this month.

Joshua Long, who remained at Penobscot County Jail early Friday evening, was arrested Wednesday and charged with Class A robbery in connection with the robbery, which occurred on July 2.

During Long’s initial appearance Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center, Penobscot County Assistant District Attorney Alice Clifford recommended that Long’s bail be set at $25,000 because the suspect, who is originally from California, appears to have few ties to Maine.

She also noted that his recent criminal history includes, among other things, convictions in 2011 for possession of scheduled drugs and violating conditions of release and a charge of criminal trespass from this year.

But Bangor attorney Peter Bos, who represented Long in Friday’s proceedings, said that Long has lived in Maine for three years, is the father of a 2-week-old daughter and is in a relationship with the infant’s mother.

According to police, Long entered the redemption center around 12:35 p.m. the day of the robbery with his face concealed and demanded cash. He allegedly assaulted an employee and then fled into the woods with the cash.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 4, according to a spokeswoman from the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.

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