2017-01-11 / Front Page

Arundel suspect charged in Orono armed robbery

By ALAN BENNETT
Staff Writer

HiemanHiemanORONO — An Arundel woman has been charged in connection with an armed robbery that occurred at a student apartment complex in Orono over the weekend.

Katelyn E. Heiman, 20, of Arundel, was arrested and charged with felony hindering apprehension or prosecution for her role in an armed robbery that occurred at Orchard Trails, a student apartment complex on Park Street, on Sunday.

If convicted, Heiman — who lives at nearby apartment complex The Reserve — could serve up to 10 years in prison for the Class B crime.

Two men were also arrested and charged with Class A felony robbery in connection to the crime,

Orono Police Chief Josh Ewing said Wednesday that Michael P. Lynch, of Orono, and Clark N. Thomas, 20, of Rockport were charged with the crime, which carries a penalty of up to 30 years if they are convicted.

Ewing said officers with the Orono Police Department responded to a call at about 6:39 p.m. that a robbery had taken place at the complex, during which someone entered an apartment and had displayed a weapon before making off with a small amount of cash.

Ewing said one of the victims, none of whom have been named, retrieved a shotgun from inside the apartment and scared the robber away.

“We learned that one subject entered with what appeared to be a gun, made off with a small amount of cash and was confronted by someone in the apartment who retrieved a weapon,” Ewing said. “They then fled.”

Police believe Lynch brandished the weapon, which Ewing only described as a handgun. Ewing said OPD and a canine team from the Bangor Police Department tracked the armed robber down by following footprints left in the snow leading to another building.

Lynch, Thomas and Heiman were arrested, charged and transported to Penobscot County Jail. Bail for Lynch and Thomas was set at $20,000. Bail was set  at $1,000 for Heiman.

A county jail official said Wednesday Hieman posted bail on Monday. Ewing said he believes she will be formally arraigned in late February.

Ewing did not describe the extent of Hieman’s involvement in the robbery, only saying that, “based on the investigation, the level of her participation in the overall crime led us to charging (her) with hindering apprehension.”

Ewing said Hieman is a student at the University of Maine. He could not confirm if Lynch and Thomas are also students.

— Staff Writer Alan Bennett can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or abennett@journaltribune.com.

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