DOVER-FOXCROFT — Suspected kidnapper Richard Edgar Allard of Guilford will make his initial court appearance Wednesday in Millinocket District Court.
The 25-year-old man evaded police for about 17 hours Monday while reportedly holding his ex-girlfriend, Angela Alfonso, 19, of Abbot against her will at gunpoint. Allard was caught late Monday night while hiding in a railroad shed in Brownville Junction by deputies from the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.
Allard has been charged with kidnapping, burglary and violation of bail conditions.
“This is a domestic violence case,” said Penobscot-Piscataquis District Attorney R. Christopher Almy on Tuesday. “This is an example of the extreme that people will go to in order to dominate somebody who’s in their lives.” .
Almy said that were it not for the alertness of the sheriff’s department and the Dover-Foxcroft Police Department, there could have been worse trouble. “This girl is lucky to be alive, absolutely,” he said.
“It’s a stalking case where she [Alfonso] is trying to break off the relationship and he [Allard] is not willing to let that happen,” said Sgt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.
Police said Allard, armed with a 12-gauge, sawed-off shotgun, forced his way into the Howard Siding Road home of Linda Anderson in Abbot early Monday morning by breaking a glass in a door. Alfonso, who works with Anderson at a local restaurant, had moved in with her co-worker in mid-October after she and Allard had ended a long relationship.
Alfonso and Anderson’s 14-year-old son, Roy Anderson, were home alone about 6 a.m. Monday when Allard entered the residence, according to Young. Alfonso was asleep when Allard entered her room and displayed the gun, he said. When she saw Allard, the young woman ran screaming into Roy Anderson’s bedroom, waking the youth.
For about an hour, Allard paced the floor inside the home while Alfonso begged him to leave, to get rid of the gun and not to involve the 14-year-old boy, according to Young. Allard then allegedly forced Alfonso outside and into her 1993 black Pontiac Grand Am. Police said he directed Alfonso to drive through Guilford, Dover-Foxcroft and on to the Milo-Brownville area.
Immediately after the pair left, Roy Anderson ran across the road to a neighbor and called his mother, who was at work in Guilford. She, in turn, notified police. The youth could not call from his home because Allard had cut the telephone lines, according to Young.
Piscataquis County Sheriff John Goggin said Tuesday that at some point during the ordeal, Allard took over the driving. Goggin said the pair spent most of the afternoon on a camp road near Schoodic Lake. Alfonso managed to get out of the car at one point and hollered, but Allard dragged her back to the vehicle, said the sheriff.
“He threatened her all day long. He pointed the gun at her several different times,” Goggin said.
Meanwhile, police throughout the state were notified about the abduction. Wardens from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spent much of the day searching remote areas of the county where Allard might have fled with the woman. County and local police searched the main and back roads for the vehicle and interviewed the man’s relatives and friends an an attempt to learn more about him.
The hunt ended when Allard allowed Alfonso to call her mother from a small railroad crew shed in Brownville Junction. Alfonso’s mother then notified police that the pair were in Brownville at the railroad station, Goggin said. After making a couple of attempts to escape, Allard eventually let Alfonso leave, said the sheriff.
Goggin said Allard, who was a seasonal employee of the railroad, was familiar with the area and apparently had a key to the shed. After Alfonso left, Allard was said to have called his sister and an aunt in the area, and both notified police of his telephone calls.
In an attempt to put distance between them, Alfonso fled to Dover-Foxcroft in her vehicle where she was intercepted by Dover-Foxcroft police Sgt. Joel Cyr and Lt. Scott Arno about 7:30 p.m.
Allard was found about 10:45 p.m. hiding in the shack. He did not resist arrest nor was he holding a gun, police said. The gun apparently had been hidden inside the building and was not loaded, according to Young.
The wanted man, however, was wearing a fanny pack filled with shotgun shells, Goggin said.
Police were familiar with Allard and his interest in Alfonso. Allard was arrested Jan. 5 for allegedly breaking into the Wharff Road home of Alfonso’s parents. Police contend Allard set up a tape recorder on the parents’ telephone line so he could monitor conversations in the home. As a result, he was charged with invasion of privacy, criminal mischief and burglary. He was released from Piscataquis County Jail after making bail of $1,000. He also was ordered not to have any contact with the Alfonso family.
Allard was arrested again Jan. 11 after giving Christmas presents to a friend to give to Alfonso. Police say he also tried to contact Alfonso by telephone, leading to a charge of violation of his conditions of release. He made cash bail of $250 and was released from the county jail Jan. 12 pending a March 9 trial.