Man wanted in Mass. on attempted murder warrant arrested on drug charges in Solon

Posted Oct. 02, 2013, at 10:53 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 02, 2013, at 10:07 p.m.
Damien Raymond
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Damien Raymond

SOLON, Maine — A man with multiple arrest warrants out of Massachusetts was nabbed by state police and Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputies on Tuesday.

Damien Raymond, 30, also had an active arrest warrant in Maine for a probation revocation, according to Maine State Police Lt. Aaron Hayden.

Raymond’s warrants out of Massachusetts included armed assault with intent to murder, attempted murder, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to Hayden.

Police had considered Raymond to be armed and dangerous.

State troopers and sheriff’s deputies had responded to Falls Road in an attempt to locate Raymond, as it was believed he had been cultivating marijuana.

After Raymond was taken into custody, several illegal prescription drugs, marijuana and various drug paraphernalia were recovered from the home, Hayden said.

Raymond was booked on charges of being a fugitive from justice and illegal possession of scheduled drugs and brought to Somerset County Jail. He remained in custody Wednesday morning.

According to Somerset County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney, who also is Kennebec County’s district attorney, Raymond has a pattern of ping-ponging between Massachusetts and Maine.

“Damien Lee Raymond was arrested in Maine in May of 2012,” Maloney said Wednesday night in a telephone interview. “He was extradited back to Massachusetts for an aggravated assault. He was then convicted on the aggravated assault and put on probation.

“Then in November [of the same year], he was arrested in Maine for violating the probation because he wasn’t supposed to leave Massachusetts on this aggravated assault, so once again he was sent back to Massachusetts,” Maloney said.

“Then on June 13, 2013, he was arrested in Skowhegan for domestic violence and sentenced to 30 days in jail and we found out that he had a warrant in Massachusetts, this time for attempted murder. This is a new case that he committed [after] his last visit in Maine,” she continued.

“Here’s where it gets really interesting. We send him back to Massachusetts after he served his [domestic violence] sentence and bail is set in the attempted murder case of $75,000 single surety or $7,500 cash. They write on the bail bond $750 so he makes bail and he’s back in Maine.

“He gets arrested in Solon and today the judge held him without bail. He waived extradition. He’s currently at the Somerset County Jail and the judge gave Massachusetts until Oct. 11 to come pick him up and they have assured us that they will do so.”

Maloney said it was clear Wednesday what kept Raymond returning to Maine.

“It’s like a bad penny. It keeps turning up,” she said.

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