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Greenbush home invasion suspect charged with violating release conditions

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Ryan Petrin appears via video conference for his bail hearing at Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. On the left is attorney Dennis Hamrick.
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

MEDWAY, Maine – A 21-year-old Grindstone man charged in connection with a home invasion in Greenbush on Labor Day was back in jail Sunday after a police officer said she saw him out after curfew.

Ryan Petrin was charged Saturday with violation of conditions of his release. He was being held without bail in Penobscot County Jail on Sunday. He is due at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Monday, a jail worker said.

Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Patty McLaughlin was on patrol on Route 157 in East Millinocket at about 8 p.m. when she said she saw Petrin in another vehicle. She stopped the vehicle just over the Medway town line and arrested Petrin.

One of Petrin’s bail conditions was a 6 p.m. curfew, McLaughlin said.

Petrin was arrested Sept. 6 and charged with Class A robbery as what police described as the second suspect in a home invasion. Petrin and Medway resident Nicholas Hutchinson, 23, allegedly broke into a woman’s home and assaulted her and one of her two children early Sept 3.

The alleged victim told District Court Judge Valerie Stanfill at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Sept. 7 that the two men were wearing masks when they entered her home through her 5-year-old son’s window. She said Petrin threatened to snap her son’s neck.

Defense attorney Dennis Hamrick said Petrin allegedly went to the home looking for money — not drugs — that was owed Hutchinson. Hamrick objected to barring Petrin from Greenbush and questioned how the boy could have identified Petrin if the suspect were wearing a mask.

Hamrick also said that he was told that the victim didn’t know Petrin at the time of the incident.

Stanfill set a $1,000 cash bail on Petrin and conditions including no contact with the victim or her family; no use of drugs, alcohol or dangerous weapons; a curfew restricting him to his home between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m.; and an order to stay out of Greenbush.

A prosecutor said that Petrin, an unemployed student at Katahdin Region Higher Educational Center, helped steal a black box that contained 20 doses of liquid methadone during the incident.

BDN writer Judy Harrison contributed to this report.

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