June 23, 2018
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Senior citizen accused of robbing Bangor bank spent $20 for cab ride to psychiatric hospital, police say

Percy Cartwright
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The senior citizen accused of robbing a downtown bank Wednesday spent $20 of the $863 he stole to take a cab to the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center, according to a police affidavit.

Percy Cartwright Jr., 66, of Bangor told Bangor police detectives that he was afraid the people who lived upstairs at his former apartment in Bangor were drug dealers and “were going to kill him for having knowledge about their activities,” according to the affidavit prepared by Bangor police detective Tim Cotton.

Cartwright also told Cotton he had devised a plan to rob a bank so that he could secure himself a place to stay “whether it [was] Acadia Hospital or jail,” the affidavit said. “He also said that if he robbed a bank, the alleged drug dealers would realize he is poor and would leave him alone.”

Cartwright, who made his first court appearance Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center, no longer lives at the apartment he told police about. He resides at a building on Husson Avenue, according to court documents.

He told staff at Dorothea Dix that he wanted to check himself into a room, the affidavit said. Cartwright also told employees at the state-run facility that he had robbed the bank, was carrying the money in a plastic bag and wanted to talk to police.

He was arrested Wednesday about 11:30 a.m. at Dorothea Dix about an hour after the State Street bank was robbed, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday afternoon. Cartwright was charged with robbery, a Class B crime.

Cartwright did not enter a plea Friday because he has not yet been indicted. The grand jury next meets Wednesday and he could be indicted then.

In court Friday, Cartwright told District Court Judge Gregory Campbell that he’d rather stay at the Penobscot County Jail than be released on bail. Campbell set bail at $5,000 cash with a condition that he not go to any Bangor Savings Bank branch.

Campbell said he would rule on the prosecution’s request that Cartwright undergo a psychiatric evaluation after the defendant has met with his court-appointed attorney Marvin Glazier of Bangor.

Cartwright said Friday through Aaron Frey of Bangor, who acted as his attorney Friday, that he did not threaten tellers at the bank where he has an account and is a regular customer.

The teller who gave Cartwright the money recognized him as a regular customer. Cartwright gave the teller a plastic bag and said, “This is a robbery,” the affidavit said.

Edwards said Wednesday that no bank employees were injured in the robbery.

If convicted, Cartwright faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. He also could be ordered to pay restitution.

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