Penobscot County grand jury indicts Connecticut man who allegedly attacked, punched two Veazie women

Posted April 30, 2014, at 7:25 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Connecticut man accused of assaulting two women in Veazie and a local transient in possession of bath salts who attempted to get away from Bangor police were among the 45 people indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury.

Rike Guerrier, 24, of Wethersfield, Conn., was indicted on charges of burglary, aggravated criminal trespass, two counts of assault and criminal mischief.

Guerrier was arrested by Veazie police after he allegedly assaulted two women the previous night at a Thompson Road apartment building, Veazie police Officer Brian Nichols said earlier.

Nichols said that the charges stem from an incident that occurred shortly before 11 p.m. April 9, when he was called to 5 Thompson Road to remove an unwanted person.

When he arrived, Nichols learned that Guerrier, who left before Nichols arrived, allegedly had assaulted two women who both live in the building but in separate apartments. The woman had met Guerrier through Penobscot Job Corps and recently reconnected with him through Facebook, Nichols said.

Nichols said that Guerrier reportedly forced his way into the apartment and tackled the woman, punching her several times. The other woman, who was visiting, was shoved across the room and punched when she tried to intervene, he said.

The woman with whom Guerrier was acquainted locked herself in the bathroom, but Guerrier managed to get in, break her cellphone and put it in the toilet, Nichols said.

Police could not find Guerrier in a search of the area and nearby woods, but he was arrested the next morning after being spotted on School Street by Veazie police Officer Roger Hershey, Nichols said. He added that police had a detailed description, and Guerrier was wearing the same clothes he had on during the alleged assaults.

Travis Kelleher, 30, was indicted on charges of escape, unlawful drug possession and refusing to submit to arrest in connection with an April 3 incident in Bangor.

Kelleher was arrested after Bangor police Officer Taylor Bagley spotted him on Chester Street and, aware that Kelleher was wanted on an active warrant, approached him, Detective Sgt. Paul Kenison of the Bangor Police Department said shortly after the arrest.

Kelleher fled to Sanford Street, where he climbed a fire escape and jumped off the second story as the officer got near him. Kelleher was apprehended after a brief foot chase, Kenison said.

Kelleher remained at Penobscot County Jail Friday night, unable to post bail set at $10,000, a jail official said. His next court appearance is May 13.

Thursday’s aborted flight was not Kelleher’s first brush with the law. In 2008, he was convicted of aggravated assault, for which he was sentenced to three years and six months in jail, with all but 120 days suspended, two years probation and $1,107 in restitution.

Also at that time, he was convicted of two counts of terrorizing, criminal mischief, two counts of violating conditions of release and violating a protection order and sentenced to 60 days in jail for each count.

Also indicted on Wednesday were:

Lance Bradford, 27, Orono, assault.

Scott Buck, 30, Howland, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Jeffrey Castro, 26, theft by unauthorized taking.

Austin G. Chapa, 27, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Joseph Whitman Demmons, 29, Holden, theft by unauthorized taking, violation of conditions of release.

Harold Emery Jr., 23, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Chad Erickson, 20, three counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Michele L. Fournier, also known as Michele Landry, 40, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Scott A. Gagnon, 44, Mattawamkeag, operating after revocation.

Jeremy J. Hammond, 34, Bangor, trafficking in prison contraband, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, criminal trespass.

Travis Hazleton, 35, Lincoln, Mattawamkeag, theft by unauthorized taking, two counts each of misuse of identification, forgery.

Jeremy S. Hunter, 40, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

David Kaulfers, 47, Brewer, trafficking in prison contraband, domestic violence assault, assault.

Nichole Kelley, 34, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, criminal forfeiture.

Melinda Lamb, 24, Ellsworth, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, falsifying physical evidence.

Randolph Lapierre, 61, unlawful sexual contact.

Andrew B. McChesney, 23, Ellsworth, unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, criminal forfeiture.

Adrian McComb, 36, Bangor, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Adrian McComb, 29, Old Town, theft by unauthorized taking.

Daniel McComb, 29, Old Town, theft by unauthorized taking.

Matthew McMahan, 21, Bangor, assault.

Chad Melland, 39, Bangor, domestic violence criminal threatening, domestic violence assault, criminal mischief.

Kelsey L. Michaud, 21, Greenfield, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Arthur M. Moran, 56, Bangor, forgery.

Zachary Nadeau, 27, Ellsworth, unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Scott Norton, 37, Glenburn, theft by unauthorized taking, three counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Kenneth K. Ouellette, 45, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking, theft of services.

Tammy L. Paquette, 39, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking, refusing to submit to arrest.

Stacy L. Pilkington, 42, Old Town, operating after revocation.

Mitchell W. Rideout, 44, Bangor, domestic violence criminal threatening, domestic violence assault.

Kyle Rogerson, 18, Hampden, two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Jeremy P. Sawyer, 35, Millinocket, aggravated criminal trespass, domestic violence criminal threatening, two counts of criminal mischief.

Russell H. Shangle, 25, Bangor, burglary, attempted burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, two counts of criminal mischief.

Colin B. Smith, 47, Greenbush, two counts of operating after revocation.

Ryan C. Spellman, 24, Kenduskeag, criminal threatening, domestic violence assault.

Dillan J. Springer, 22, Bangor, two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Melvin C. Stokes, 31, Milford, violation of sex offender registration, refusing to submit to arrest.

Paul B. Trask, 32, Winterport, domestic violence assault, obstructing report of crime or injury.

Robert H. Wood, 47, Bangor, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, criminal forfeiture.

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