Third man arrested in connection with Waterville Rite Aid robbery

Posted Sept. 13, 2012, at 1:07 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Police have arrested a third man in connection with a Rite Aid pharmacy robbery earlier this summer.

Nicholas Hunter, 33, the father of one of the other suspects, was taken into custody at his home on Tuesday night, according to Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey.

Massey said Hunter had made a call to police just before the Aug. 21 robbery in an attempt to divert police from the scene.

“He told us there was a person with a rifle at the opposite end of town,” Massey said.

Detective Alan Perkins was eventually able to gather enough information for police to identify Hunter as the caller.

He was arrested without incident and charged with Class B felony robbery, which is punishable by up to 10 years behind bars, Massey said.

Hunter’s bail was set at $25,000 cash. His son, Kyle, 19, and Lance Vashon, 34, who both entered the pharmacy and demanded OxyContin pills, remain at the Kennebec County Jail.

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