April 07, 2020

Bucksport man faces charges in robbery at Bangor store

BANGOR – Police arrested a Bucksport man early Wednesday morning and charged him with robbing a Bangor convenience store with a hammer.

John Charpentier, 39, went into the Mt. Hope Variety store about 1:40 p.m. Monday and wielded a hammer as he demanded money from a store clerk, according to police who subsequently charged him with robbery, criminal threatening and criminal mischief.

Charpentier is expected to make an initial appearance in 3rd District Court in Bangor today.

Charpentier had been a frequent customer, and a clerk thought he recognized the man, Detective Sgt. Paul Kenison of the Bangor Police Department said Wednesday. Described as a person of interest Tuesday, Charpentier was located Wednesday morning at a friend’s apartment in Bangor, Kenison said.

“After speaking with [Charpentier], he led us to the hammer, and he was subsequently charged with these crimes,” the detective said.

The hammer was located in a wooded area in Levant, he said. Police arrested Charpentier about 10:30 a.m.

Charpentier made statements to the clerk and hit the counter and cash register with the hammer, prompting the two charges in addition to robbery, Kenison said.

Correction: This article ran on page C4 in the Coastal and Final editions.

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