May 23, 2018
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Hermon couple arrested on robbery charges after man dragged behind car on Ohio Street

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Hermon couple was arrested and charged with Class A robbery after police responded to reports of a man being dragged behind a car near the intersection of Court and Ohio streets Thursday afternoon.

According to a statement released by the Bangor Police Department Thursday night, Maxwell Stein, 21, and wife Brianna Stein, 21 — both of Hermon — were taken into custody, interviewed, arrested and transported to Penobscot County Jail.

Brianna Stein was charged with robbery, a Class A felony; reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon; driving to endanger; and violation of conditions of release. Maxwell Stein was charged with robbery (Class A felony) and violation of conditions of release.

The Steins were both in custody at Penobscot County Jail Thursday night. Maxwell Stein was being held without bail and Brianna was being held with a $10,000 cash bail, which had not been posted as of 9 p.m.

Their arrests resulted from 911 calls at 12:35 p.m. about a possible robbery. It was reported that two suspects got into a white Subaru and the victim jumped on top of the car to stop them from leaving a residence at the corner of Court and Ohio.

The vehicle accelerated and then slammed on the brakes, throwing the victim to the ground. The vehicle then drove away and was last seen heading out Ohio Street. The victim was injured and taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

“There is no immediate threat to the public at this time, and the victim reportedly dragged by the car is at a local emergency room,” Edwards said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. He said the victim’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Bangor police Sgt. Jim Buckley said the Steins and the victim were acquainted, and the incident was apparently not a case of a random robbery.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., a white Subaru Legacy was found by police on New Boston Road in Hermon, according to a dispatcher at the Penobscot Regional Communications Center. Both suspects were located inside the residence where the vehicle was parked.

According to state Bureau of Motor Vehicles registration records, Brianna Stein owns a white 2000 Subaru Legacy and lives with her mother at 69 New Boston Road in Hermon.

Maine State Police officials were in Hermon interviewing potential witnesses to the incident, according to Edwards. Two Bangor police detectives joined state police shortly before 3 p.m.

Just after 4 p.m., Maxwell Stein was taken into custody and transported from the New Boston Road residence in a state police vehicle.

Both Steins are expected to appear before a judge at Penobscot Judicial Center Friday morning or afternoon.

Stein is no stranger to local police, as he was arrested in September for stealing more than $50,000 in merchandise from his landlord in Holden to fuel a drug habit, according to Bangor Daily News archives.

Brianna Stein also was arrested in the September incident, according to the archives. Maxwell Stein was charged with four counts of felony burglary and four additional counts of felony theft in that incident.

On his Facebook profile page, Maxwell Stein is listed as a 2009 Bangor High School and 2011 Eastern Maine Community College graduate. Brianna is listed as a 2009 Hermon High and 2011 EMCC graduate in the EMS-paramedic program who is now studying mental health counseling at the University of Maine-Augusta.

Bangor Daily News photographer Kevin Bennett also contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Stein worked for Getchell Agency. Stein has not worked for Getchell Agency for several months.

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