Dangerous Lewiston sex offender arrested for March robbery in Lisbon

Posted April 07, 2014, at 1:28 p.m.

LISBON, Maine — Police on Monday arrested a Lewiston man suspected in the March 20 robbery of a taxi driver.

Orlando Perez, 45, also known as Orlando Deperez, turned himself in Monday morning at the Lewiston Police Department on Monday, according to a release from Lisbon Police Detective Bernie McAllister. Perez was wanted on an Androscoggin County Superior Court warrant for one count of Class A robbery.

McAllister said in March that Perez was considered dangerous. He was previously convicted of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact, and was arrested last year for possession of cocaine and failure to register as a sex offender, among other charges.

Police received a report of robbery at about 11:45 p.m. on March 20, according to McAllister. The cab driver, who drives for Five Star Taxi in Lewiston, picked up the suspect on Drummond Street in Auburn and drove him to Fillion Street in Lisbon, where the suspect told the driver to stop, McAllister said.

The suspect then held what he believed to be a knife or metal object to the cab driver’s throat and took “a small amount of cash.”

In June 2013, Perez was arrested in Portland and charged with engaging a prostitute.

Then-Portland city spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said at the time that Perez had previously been convicted of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact, and has a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender. Since changing his name to DePerez, he had not registered with Portland police.

In addition to being charged with engaging a prostitute, Perez was charged last year with possession of cocaine and failure to comply with the sex offender registry.

Perez was held Monday at the Androscoggin County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to appear in court later this week.