ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Southwest Harbor man is facing charges after he allegedly tried to rob a local supermarket Saturday night with a water pistol.
As a result of the incident, Shaun P. Parsons, 34, was arrested that night on a charge of robbery, a class B crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000. Parsons was still being held at Hancock County Jail on Ellsworth on early Sunday afternoon, according to a corrections officer at the jail.
Full details on the incident were not immediately available Sunday afternoon, but according to Ellsworth police reports, the incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Parsons allegedly went into Shaw’s Supermarket on High Street with a water pistol and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police indicated in reports.
Officers with the Ellsworth police and Hancock County Sheriff’s departments responded to the scene and were provided with descriptions and direction of travel by two customers who had followed the suspect out of the supermarket.
“Within five minutes of the initial call, an Ellsworth police officer spotted the suspect and, after a brief foot pursuit, apprehended the suspect,” police wrote in a summary about the alleged robbery.
After an extensive search of the area, police found “items of the subjects’ disguise” and a “weapon,” police wrote, “which turned out to be a toy water pistol.”
Ellsworth police officers familiar with the incident were not in the office Sunday afternoon and were unavailable for comment. A manager at the store who declined to identify himself on Sunday referred all questions about the incident to the Ellsworth Police Department.
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