June 21, 2018
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Brass knuckles used in beating, robbery of Bangor man, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local woman, two young men and a juvenile boy allegedly used brass knuckles Thursday afternoon to attack and rob a 22-year-old man of his cash on Coombs Street.

Damian Ouellette, 20, of Bangor; Anthony Hardy, 20, of Veazie; Raven Hardy, 18, of Bangor; and the 16-year-old boy were arrested and charged with robbery and aggravated assault.

“[The victim] stated it was Raven Hardy and three other men who attacked him,” District Court Judge Bruce Jordan said, reading from the Bangor police report, said Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. “They continued to punch and kick him while he was on the ground.”

Raven Hardy claimed “she didn’t know anything was going to happen,” her attorney for the day said at her first court appearance to face the felony charges against her.

“It doesn’t seem that she wasn’t involved,” the judge said, citing the police report.

Her bail was set at $10,000 cash, and if she is released on bail, she is barred from contacting the victim and her co-defendants.

Bail for Ouellette was set at $15,000, with the same conditions of release as Raven Hardy. Ouellette has a criminal record that includes assault, disorderly conduct, refusing to submit to arrest, theft and failure to appear, according to Alice Clifford, assistant district attorney for Penobscot court.

“My client was not the mastermind of this or one of the defendants carrying a weapon,” his attorney for the day told the judge.

Anthony Hardy, wearing a red jail jumpsuit that indicates maximum security, is being held on $10,000 cash bail. When negotiating his bail, his attorney for the day mentioned that he “had no issues” while previously incarcerated at Mountain View Youth Development Center for 26 months.

Police were called to Coombs Street, near its intersection with Forest Avenue, at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday for the report of a man who had “numerous facial injuries,” Bangor police Lt. Tim Reid said in a statement.

Police found the four people charged near the corner of Elm and Garland streets shortly afterward. In addition to Class A robbery and Class B aggravated assault, the adults were charged with theft by unauthorized taking.

“The victim was struck with brass knuckles and threatened with a knife,” said Reid, who leads the police department’s Criminal Investigations Division. “[He] was punched and kicked repeatedly [and] an undisclosed of money and some pocket knives were taken.”

Bangor police Officer Joe Baillargeon arrested all four and took the three adults to the Penobscot County Jail. The juvenile was released to his parents, said Interim Police Chief Peter Arno.

The victim was taken to the Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment of his injuries and has since been released, police said.

Raven Hardy, Anthony Hardy and Damian Ouelette all have dispositional conferences scheduled for mid-February and early March trial dates. All three were given court-appointed attorneys and remained behind bars Friday afternoon, a jail official said.

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