Couple wanted in connection with Cape Cod shooting arrested on interstate in Bowdoin

Maine police arrested at gunpoint a Massachusetts couple Saturday morning. The two were wanted in connection with a Cape Cod shooting that occurred earlier in the day that left an unidentified man injured. David Byron, 21, originally from Anson, Maine, and Leah Wiinikainen, 22, of Centerville, Mass., were arrested during a traffic stop on I-295 near Bowdoin.
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Maine police arrested at gunpoint a Massachusetts couple Saturday morning. The two were wanted in connection with a Cape Cod shooting that occurred earlier in the day that left an unidentified man injured. David Byron, 21, originally from Anson, Maine, and Leah Wiinikainen, 22, of Centerville, Mass., were arrested during a traffic stop on I-295 near Bowdoin.
Posted March 29, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
Last modified March 30, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.

BOWDOIN, Maine — Maine police on Saturday arrested a Massachusetts couple wanted in connection with a shooting on Cape Cod early that morning.

Maine State Police, with assistance from Topsham police and the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department, arrested David Byron, 21, originally from Anson, Maine, and Leah Wiinikainen, 22, of Centerville, Mass., around 9:30 a.m. after a traffic stop on Interstate 295.

They are being held as fugitives from justice, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

“The two were arrested at gunpoint after the car driven by the woman was stopped,” McCausland said, adding that the couple offered no resistance.

Topsham police took the pair in for questioning. They are being held at Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset and will appear in court on Monday, according to police.

The shooting, which left a man wounded, happened around 3 a.m. in the town of Mashpee, according to Cape Cod Times. The Times reported that the victim was in stable condition as of Saturday evening.

Police have not revealed the motive of the shooting, but have said it was not random, according to the Times. The home the shooting took place in is valued at nearly $500,000, the newspaper said.

Police across New England were cautioned to keep an eye out for the vehicle soon after.

A state police trooper first spotted the pair’s vehicle on the interstate in Freeport. Police stopped the vehicle once it was in Bowdoin and police had enough backup to safely make the stop.

Byron has a lengthy criminal record, according to the Cape Cod Times:

— In 2010, he pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a knife and assault with intent to murder after a stabbing at a Halloween party in East Falmouth, Mass.

— In 2011, he was charged with assault and battery, allegedly after hitting a man in the face with a metal cooking pot.

— In 2012, he pleaded not guilty to charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct, threatening to commit bodily harm, assault, witness intimidation, attempted breaking and entering during nighttime, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after allegedly trying to break into cars in a parking lot.

After the shooting in Cape Cod, Byron faces charges of assault and battery with a gun, assault with intent to murder while armed, possession of a firearm without a license and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, according to the Cape Cod Times.

Wiinikainen is charged with being an accessory after the fact.

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