BANGOR, Maine — Somerset County District Attorney Evert Fowle said Thursday that investigators have cracked the 3-year-old case of a brutal home invasion in which an elderly Palmyra woman was bound with duct tape and robbed in her home.
Dennis Wood, 46, of Bangor now faces charges in three separate home invasions, including two in Bangor in December and January. Wood has been held in the Penobscot County Jail since Jan. 4, when he was arrested by Bangor police in an assault on his sister and her children, ages 10 and 18. Fowle said the investigation into that incident linked Wood to a July 2008 incident in Palmyra. Fowle said authorities believe Wood entered an elderly woman’s home, demanded money and stole $5,000 in cash before tying her up and leaving.
“It’s taken two years to solve this case, but we’re still investigating and obtaining more information as we speak,” Fowle told the Bangor Daily News.
Fowle said an arrest warrant was issued for Wood on Thursday out of Somerset County Superior Court on charges of robbery, burglary and theft in connection with the 2008 incident. That means that if Wood is able to pay the $10,000 bail he is being held on in Penobscot County, he would be transferred immediately to the Somerset County Jail in Madison.
Fowle, who declined to discuss what led to the break in the 2008 case because the investigation is ongoing, said the two counties involved are working out the logistics of Wood’s prosecution.
“Until we’ve received all the information, it is not appropriate to comment on this case in great detail,” said Fowle, who expects Wood to appear in a Skowhegan courtroom within the next several days.
According to previous articles in the Bangor Daily News, Wood appeared at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Jan. 5 to face charges related to the Jan. 4 incident in Bangor. For that case, he is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, domestic violence assault, two counts of assault and violation of a protection order. Wood faces a March 10 court appearance in Penobscot County on those charges. It was unclear Thursday whether the new charges against him would alter that schedule.
Wood also faces an additional attempted robbery charge for a Dec. 14, 2010, incident in which he and an accomplice allegedly tried to force their way into a Bangor residence after telling the homeowners their car had broken down nearby. In that incident, the homeowner was able to fight off Wood and the other man while his wife called police.
Wood has previous convictions for drug possession, theft, burglary and operating after revocation, according to the newspaper’s archives.