June 25, 2018
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Convict seen running with purse faces more charges

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local man who was sentenced to 10 days in jail for terrorizing a month ago was put back behind bars last week after he was seen by a Maine State Police trooper running with a woman’s purse, police said.

Eric A. Junkins, 35, who is listed as a transient but who recently has lived in Hampden and Orono, was seen July 11 by Trooper Christopher Cookson “running shirtless with a purse and a woman chasing him, screaming at him,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

Before Junkins was captured by Cookson, he tossed the 38-year-old woman’s purse into a bush, the sergeant said.

Police reportedly found cocaine and a small amount of marijuana in Junkins’ pocket. He was arrested and charged with felony drug possession.

Junkins was convicted of terrorizing and violating his conditions of release in June and sentenced to 10 days in jail for each, and he was given a $500 fine for driving with a suspended license, according to prior court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.

Junkins has two other convictions in the last three years for operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and for assault, which resulted in a sentence of 30 days in jail and a $300 fine.

If convicted of the recent felony drug possession charge, Junkins could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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