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Man charged with robbing Bangor Walgreens wants to plead guilty

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Bangor Police officer Brandon Vafiades take Kevin Gray, 30, into custody near 175 Falvey Street in Bangor on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 in connection with a pharmacy robbery that occurred at Walgreens on Broadway earlier.
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The man accused of robbing the Walgreens pharmacy on Broadway in Bangor on Tuesday afternoon was ready to plead guilty to the charge Wednesday when he made his first court appearance. But that was not possible, according to Dennis Hamrick, a Bangor attorney who represented him Wednesday.

Kevin Gray, 30, a local transient, was charged with robbery, a Class A crime; escape, a Class D crime; and violation of condition of release, a Class E crime.

District Court Judge Bruce Jordan said he would allow the new case against Gray to be considered with two pending Class C theft charges, scheduled to be addressed Friday. Gray was on bail on the theft charges when he allegedly robbed the Walgreens.

The judge also appointed Bangor attorney Marvin Glazier to represent the defendant on the robbery and other new charges.

If Gray is allowed to plead guilty and is sentenced Friday in connection with Tuesday’s robbery, it most likely would be the fastest resolution of a pharmacy robbery in the state’s modern judicial history.

Jordan set bail for the new charges at $25,000 cash on a recommendation from the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.

The pharmacy was robbed at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after Gray passed a threatening note to the pharmacist, according to the district attorney’s office. No weapon was recovered when Gray was arrested less than 30 minutes later.

Patrol officers, detectives and the K-9 unit from the Bangor Police Department were at the scene shortly after the call came in and a man fitting the robber’s description was apprehended at 2:52 p.m. near Falvey Street, which it intersects, Edwards said Tuesday.

Gray was spotted running toward an officer who was stationed on Falvey Street, according to police. He was apprehended by police and handcuffed, then tried to run from police again.

The escape charge stemmed from Gray’s attempt to run after being placed under arrest, Tracy Lacher, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said Wednesday after his court appearance.

When arrested, Gray was carrying a white Walgreens bag with at least two big pill bottles and some other merchandise.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the most serious charge of robbery.

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