LEWISTON, Maine — A Massachusetts man accused of invading an Auburn home and pistol whipping three people was dragged from a Lewiston courtroom Wednesday after a disagreement with Judge Rick Lawrence.
Kourtney Williams, 22, of Dorchester, Mass., was in Lewiston District Court for his initial appearance on charges of aggravated assault, elevated aggravated assault, robbery and burglary.
Moments after the judge set Williams’ bail at $10,000 cash, Williams made a comment to the judge that could not be heard from the gallery.
“Do you have an apology for me?” Lawrence asked.
“No, I do not,” Williams said. The judge then ordered court officers to remove the man from the courtroom.
Williams yelled to attendees “Have G come get me!” and flopped onto other shackled prisoners. Officers then grabbed Williams’ arms and dragged him out.
He was returned to Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn, where a grand jury is expected to take up the brutal case.
Williams and two other men are accused of entering a home at 123 Winter St. in Auburn Monday about 10 p.m., all wearing masks. They demanded money and marijuana. And they beat the three people inside — Joe Remillard, Brenda Henry and Megan Poulin — with their fists and a wood-handled revolver, according to a police affidavit.
Henry was beaten so badly her jaw was broken in three places, the court document stated. Poulin jumped from a second-story window to avoid further beating, hurting her leg.
Williams was stopped a few minutes later on Lincoln Street in Lewiston, driving an Oldsmobile with a damaged quarter panel and a flat front tire. When he refused to tell police his name or produce a driver’s license, he was taken into custody, according to the affidavit, filed by Auburn Police Cpl. Scott Corey.
Williams had a cash roll of $242 and his hand was injured. Tattoos and other marks helped police establish his identity.
In addition to the new charges in Lewiston, Williams has been accused of a pair of three-week-old felonies in Massachusetts, a lawyer for the state said Wednesday. Among them is a charge of assault and battery of a police officer.
His record includes prior convictions for armed robbery and larceny.