Police arrest five in Waterville home invasion

Posted July 24, 2013, at 11:02 a.m.
Last modified July 24, 2013, at 2:38 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Five men were nabbed Tuesday afternoon in a home invasion on College Avenue in which the money stolen had been taken from a convenience store earlier in the day.

Four suspects, Gage Wells, 19, of Waterville, Alec Bryan, 22, of Waterville, Gilbert Barrows, 19, of Belgrade and a 16-year old boy from Waterville, all face charges of burglary, theft and robbery, according to Waterville police Chief Joseph Massey.

A fifth man, Melvin Hubbard, 18, of Waterville, was charged with felony theft after stealing an undisclosed amount of cash earlier in the day from a Cumberland Farms store on College Avenue, Massey said.

It turns out the apartment that Wells, Bryan, Barrows, the juvenile and two other suspects who got away broke into is one in which Hubbard resides, Massey said. The cash stolen from the residence was the same cash taken from Cumberland Farms.

Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, a police detective driving up College Avenue happened to notice several people run across the road and onto the apartment building’s porch, Massey said.

When the detective went to investigate, the suspects kicked the door in and he called for backup, the police chief said.

Six individuals took off out of the apartment when backup arrived, according to Massey, but police were able to get Wells, Bryan, Barrows and the teenager into custody, He believes the suspects and Hubbard have some sort of relationship.

“They were in there to try to rob [Hubbard] of that money,” Massey said.

The apartment’s occupants weren’t willing to talk to police when they arrived, according to Massey, but police obtained a search warrant, giving them probable cause to go inside.

Shortly after the warrant was served, Hubbard escaped through a window but was caught shortly thereafter, Massey said.

After his arrest, Hubbard was treated at a local hospital for a black eye and other facial injuries, Massey said.

Hubbard, Wells, Bryan and Barrow were being held at the Kennebec County Jail while the juvenile was released to the custody of his parents.

Massey said additional charges are likely against the five who were arrested and additional arrests are possible. The incident remains under investigation.

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