Police use stun gun on knife-wielding Belfast woman after sandwich theft, assaults at Rockland store

Posted Aug. 12, 2013, at 8:10 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 23-year-old Belfast woman was arrested Saturday night and charged with robbery and assault after allegedly stealing a sandwich from a convenience store and then threatening police with a knife.

Ashley Adams was arrested and charged with robbery, criminal threatening, refusing to submit to arrest, and two counts of assault.

Adams was in the Park Street Mobil convenience store shortly before 9 p.m. when she took a sandwich and attempted to leave the store, according to an affidavit filed in Rockland District Court. A female clerk confronted her and Adams punched her in the face and then walked out of the store without paying for the food, according to the affidavit.

The woman then walked up to a man who was outside drinking a soda and punched him in the face, police reported. She then grabbed his soda and threw it on the ground and stepped on it.

After Rockland police were called, Sgt. Anthony Camporiale located the woman nearby on Park Street. When he approached her, she pulled out a knife with a 5-to-6-inch blade, the police report stated. Camporiale used pepper spray on the woman but it had no effect on her, according to the affidavit. He also drew his gun.

He called for backup and when two other officers arrived, Adams continued to threaten them with the knife, police reported. Officer Andrew Redden eventually used a stun gun to subdue her.

Adams was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.

She made her initial court appearance Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court. Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $5,000 cash but questioned whether Adams was competent to understand the charges against her.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said he also questioned Adams’ competency for the initial appearance. He said she has three assault convictions from 2010 and 2011.

Adams’ mother Donna Adams was allowed to address the judge at the hearing and said her daughter suffered from serious mental illnesses. She said they had recently moved to the area from Biddeford.

Defense attorney Lawrence Frier said he agreed that Adams did not appear to understand the magnitude of the charges against her.

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