May 20, 2019
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Five arrested in Wells armed robbery

WELLS, Maine — Five men from out of state were arrested on felony charges Sunday night in connection with an alleged armed robbery at a Littlefield Road residence.

Arrested on Class A felony robbery charges were Clasono Anthony Arrendell, 28, and Marcos Hernandez, 30, both of Methuen, Massachusetts; Juan Andino-Tirado, 24, of Haverhill, Massachusetts; Carlos Diaz, 21, of Lawrence, Massachusetts; and Javier Pagan-Gonzalez, 24, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wells Police Chief Jo-Ann Putnam said in a news release Monday.

If convicted, the five men face prison sentences of up to 30 years and fines of up to $50,000 each. Additional charges are possible, Putnam said.

Bail initially was set at $10,000 for each of the suspects, Putnam said. None were able to post bail and all were taken to York County Jail. During their initial court appearances on Monday, bail for each was increased to $75,000.

The robbery was reported shortly before 11:20 p.m., Police Chief Jo-Ann Putnam said Monday.

“The victim reported that four to five masked men armed with handguns and a knife entered the residence and took approximately $2,300 in cash,” Putnam said.

The victim provided a description of the vehicle the men were riding in and a partial Massachusetts license plate number, Putnam said.

A Wells police officer checked the Maine Turnpike and stopped a vehicle matching the description of the suspects’ vehicle at mile marker 11. Personnel from the Maine State Police and the Ogunquit, York and Kittery police departments went to the scene to assist with the arrests of the five people in the vehicle.

“The Wells Police Department, after conducting their investigation, believes that this is an isolated and targeted event and that there is no further danger to the public,” Putnam said.

The robbery remains under investigation, she said.

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