Woodland man charged in home invasion case

Posted Sept. 29, 2012, at 11:40 a.m.

WOODLAND, Maine — A suspect has been charged in connection with a Sept. 22 home invasion that sent him to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

Charged is Mark Crouch, 36, of Woodland who was arrested Friday in connection with last weekend’s home invasion and burglary, according to Aroostook County Sheriff James Madore Saturday morning.

He is facing charges of aggravated criminal mischief, a Class C felony; assault, a Class C felony; and criminal mischief, a Class D misdemeanor, Madore said.

Crouch was recently released from Eastern Maine Medical Center, where Madore said he was recovering from his wounds.

Madore would not comment on the type of weapon used, the nature of the injuries or who fired the shots. Officials have not released the name of the homeowner or that individual’s involvement in the shooting.

“We are still investigating and we still have more interviews to conduct,” Madore said. “Up until now we did not have enough to charge him.”

Earlier this week Madore confirmed the altercation took place at a New Sweden Road home early Saturday morning.

According to the department, a homeowner in Woodland called 911 on Saturday to report that someone had kicked in the door to his home. That person then reportedly entered the home and was shot.

Since then, rumors have been running wild in the small Aroostook County community.

The injured man was taken to Cary Medical Center in Caribou and then to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Crouch was able to post bail and according to Madore is continuing to recover from his gunshot wounds at his residence.

There are numerous restrictions connected to the bail, including orders to stay away from certain individuals, but Madore declined to provide additional details.

The case is being investigated by Detective Ross McQuade working with the Aroostook District Attorney’s office.

Crouch is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Nov. 6 in Caribou District Court.

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