PORTLAND, Maine — One of two alleged masked men who forced their way into Portland apartments at gunpoint Sunday has been apprehended, city police have reported.
Portland police allegedly connected Kaemar Wilson, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., to the violent robberies after taking him and Fitzgerald Carryl, 30, also of New York, into custody early Monday morning on identical charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Wilson and Carryl were pulled over by Portland Lt. Clifford Strout at approximately 12:30 a.m. Monday on St. John Street in a 2002 gray Acura that matched the description of a car police say witnesses reported fleeing the scenes of two armed robberies Sunday morning. Strout allegedly found a .45 caliber handgun in the vehicle and arrested both men, who police say were convicted felons and prohibited from carrying the weapon.
Late Monday afternoon investigators levied an additional charge of armed robbery against Wilson, who they believe was half of a two-person team wearing masks and robbing apartments in the city Sunday morning.
Carryl — who also faces charges of assault on a police officer and aggravated reckless conduct after allegedly attempting to take the arresting officer’s service weapon from its holster while being taken into custody Monday morning — has not been charged in connection with the robberies.
According to a Portland Police Department announcement issued Monday, two suspects dressed in dark clothing and wearing masks approached a woman standing outside of 218 Park Ave. at 5 a.m. Sunday. One of the men struck the woman in the head with the gun before kicking in an apartment door at the building, moving on to steal what police describe as “several electronic devices” from the unit before fleeing.
The woman was reportedly treated at Maine Medical Center for head injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.
Approximately five hours later, two men matching the description of the suspects in the earlier crime allegedly forced their way into an apartment at 223 Cumberland Ave., where the masked men stole money and more electronic devices while keeping the occupants at bay with a handgun, police said.