New details in Augusta armed robbery
AUGUSTA (WGME) -- A court affidavit is revealing new details about an Augusta robbery that happened earlier in the week.
Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said it's a confusing case because investigators are still piecing together the series of events. She said it all started at a home on Mt. Vernon Ave., when three men pretending to be DEA agents forced their way inside and tied up the homeowners.
Maloney said Zachary Monahan, 25, Robert DeJesus, 29, and Joshua Krejewski, 24, are all from out of state, and were looking for alleged drug dealers that go by the names "Sauce" and "Corn". The men are facing multiple charges including burglary, criminal threatening, and assault
"The three defendants believed 'Sauce' and 'Corn' owed them $20,000 and they were going to recover it," said Maloney.
According to a court affidavit, the homeowners, Gerald and Julie Marin, know 'Sauce' and tried to get him to come to the home. In the meantime, Maloney said, they were bound with duct tape.
"The three defendants started smoking crack and they asked the victims, who they had tied up, if they wanted to smoke crack with them, and victims said yes. And so they un-tied them and they all spent the evening smoking crack together," said Maloney.
Maloney said the couple was tied up again and locked in the bathroom. When two more men showed up to visit 'Sauce,' Maloney said one of them was tied up too. But when the three suspects ran away, that man was able to break free. He saw them get in to a black Jeep and called police.
"It simply illustrates we have a big problem in this area. We have a big problem with drug trafficking," said Maloney. "I feel comfortable saying this all revolves around drugs."
Mike Vachon lives near the latest incident. He said he's seen a huge spike in drug activity in recent years.
"It's just horrible," said Vachon. "It gets worse and worse."
The three suspects are being held at the Kennebec County Jail. They're due back in court on June 10.