LEWISTON, Maine — A judge set bail Monday at $50,000 cash for a local man accused of robbing Tim Hortons on Sabattus Street last week.
Nathan Parker, 22, of Peter Boulevard appeared briefly in 8th District Court in a jail suit and shackles. He was charged with robbery, a felony.
Judge Rick Lawrence said if he were to be indicted on the charge by an Androscoggin County grand jury, he would have to appear in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn to answer to that charge.
Parker told the judge he knew his rights and would be seeking a court-appointed attorney.
Assistant District Attorney Mary Bulis said the state was seeking bail of $50,000 cash or $200,000 worth of property with conditions, including no use or possession of alcohol, illegal drugs or dangerous weapons. She asked that Parker be subject to random search and testing.
She said the robbery Parker is accused of committing occurred while he was awaiting sentencing on several felony burglary charges.
Richard Charest, who represented Parker on Monday, said Parker is a lifelong Mainer who has been living with his girlfriend at his mother’s home, where he has a newborn child. A Lewiston High School graduate, he works for a construction company, Charest said.
According to court documents, Parker has a drug habit that drove him to rob the store.
Charest was seeking cash bail “within (Parker’s) means” at roughly $1,000.
But Lawrence sided more closely with prosecutors, setting bail at $50,000 cash or $100,000 worth of property and the same conditions requested by the state.
Police arrested Parker on Thursday on Campus Avenue for the Wednesday robbery.
He walked into the Tim Hortons restaurant at about 8:15 p.m., ordered a coffee and a doughnut, then robbed the clerk, police said. Witnesses said Parker showed the clerk a note threatening to kill her if she didn’t hand over cash from the register. Police said he left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Parker led police on a foot chase on Wednesday night into the woods around Garcelon Bog.
Police found him Thursday evening and took him to Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn.
Parker, who has previous convictions for charges that include burglary and theft, was known to police. They said the excellent picture quality of the surveillance cameras at Tim Hortons helped identify him.