May 27, 2018
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Berwick man charged with two bank robberies attempts suicide at Cumberland County Jail

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By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A Berwick man who has been charged in connection with robberies at an Eliot bank and a Sanford credit union at gunpoint last month tried to hang himself Saturday night in Cumberland County Jail.

According to court documents, Phillip Gage, 46, has been charged with two counts of bank robbery for an Oct. 19 robbery at Kennebunk Savings Bank in Eliot and an Oct. 26 robbery at Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union in Sanford.

Gage and an unidentified accomplice allegedly took $7,896 from Kennebunk Savings Bank and $8,574 from Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union.

DNA evidence from a glove used in the Kennebunk Savings robbery allegedly matched Gage’s DNA, according to an affidavit by FBI special agent Thomas P. MacDonald, and a witness positively identified him as the gunman.

MacDonald, who responded to the Oct. 19 robbery, wrote that witnesses reported the suspect, since identified as Gage, pointed a long-barreled, silver revolver at employees while another suspect took $7,896 from teller drawers before the two left the bank.

Gage was arrested Oct. 31 and has been at Cumberland County Jail since then, as a federal inmate for the U.S. Marshals Service.

Just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Gage jumped over a railing with a sheet tied around his neck, falling to the floor below after the sheet ripped.

According to a release from Capt. Steve Butts of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Gage waited until an officer was walking under his assigned cell area before jumping.

Gage was treated at Maine Medical Center and then returned to the jail, where he was placed on suicide watch, according to Butts.

No further information was immediately available.

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