2 men charged after ‘violent strong-arm robbery’ in Trenton

Posted Oct. 10, 2013, at 9:35 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 10, 2013, at 10:52 a.m.
Joshua Smith
Hancock County Jail
Joshua Smith
Matthew Joy
Hancock County Jail
Matthew Joy

TRENTON, Maine — Two men accused of attacking a man at his home on Oak Point Road have been arrested on robbery charges, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

Joshua Smith, 30, of Milford and Matthew Joy, 26, of Swans Island are accused of committing a “violent strong-arm robbery” in August in which they allegedly assaulted, threatened and restrained the man so they could steal his prescription medications.

Smith was arrested on Sept. 30 and Joy was arrested on Oct. 9, the sheriff’s office indicated Thursday in a press release. Each faces a Class A robbery charge, which in Maine is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

A game camera on the property captured digital photographs of the incident, which occurred around 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, according to the sheriff’s office.

Chief Deputy Richard Bishop said Thursday that the man robbed of his prescription drugs is 54 years old. He declined to release additional information, including whether the victim knew his assailants prior to the robbery or whether any of the stolen drugs subsequently were recovered.

The case remains under investigation, Bishop said.

Investigating officers were Deputy Luke Gross and Detectives Alan Brown and Stephen McFarland. Bishop said Brown and McFarland have been working exclusively on the case for the past several weeks.

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