New York man indicted for attempted murder, arson in connection with July shooting, fire

Posted Jan. 30, 2013, at 8:38 p.m.
Oscar Nunez
Hancock County Jail
Oscar Nunez

BANGOR, Maine — A New York man facing drug charges in Hancock County was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on charges of aggravated attempted murder, arson and two counts of criminal threatening.

Oscar Nunez, 25, of Bronx, N.Y., was charged in connection with a July 22 fire and shooting at an Orrington residence that was the result of a dispute between drug dealers, according to Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy.

Nunez remained Wednesday at the Hancock County Jail unable to post the $10,000 cash bail set in December when he made his first appearance on an aggravated drug trafficking charge. He has not yet been indicted by the Hancock County grand jury.

The charges in both counties stem from a July investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, according to a previously published report. Police found 66.1 grams of crack cocaine in the Verona Island apartment Nunez shared with his girlfriend, Ana de los Santos, 23. She was arrested in July and charged with aggravated drug trafficking but has not been indicted.

Nunez allegedly was part of the drug ring selling crack cocaine out of an Ohio Street apartment in Bangor, Almy said in October when a warrant was issued for Nunez’s arrest. Once his associates were arrested, Nunez took over the crack cocaine business in the area, a visitor from New York City who was at the Orrington home the night of the fire told investigators, according to Almy.

Thirteen people were charged in U.S. District Court in Bangor with drug crimes as a result of a raid in November 2011 on apartments at 100 and 102 Ohio St., according to federal court documents. Nunez has not been charged in connection with that case.

Nunez poured gasoline around a home on Johnson Mill road in Orrington, then ignited it, Almy said in October. After the fire started, Nunez allegedly fired a gun at the residence.

Although people were home at the time of the incident, no one was injured, Almy said.

The criminal threatening charges stemmed from an incident on Father’s Day when Nunez threatened David Ireland, 46, of Orrington and his 17-year-old son at the home Ireland was renting on Johnson Mill Road, according to the affidavit in support of the warrant provided by Almy at the press conference.

Ireland was arrested the day of the fire and charged with trafficking in heroin, according to a previously published report.

If convicted, Nunez faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on the most serious charges, attempted murder, arson and drug trafficking. De los Santos faces the same penalties on her drug charges.

Ireland, if convicted on the drug trafficking charge, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Reporter Mario Moretto contributed to this report.

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