Agency Cooperation Leads to Arrest of Two Men

By Jayna Smith

Tony McLaughlin (Washington County Jail photo) 

Two men with histories of criminal behavior were arrested in Calais last week, stemming from an incident in Baileyville.

According to Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons, his department responded to a 911 hang-up call from a Houlton Road, Baileyville residence last Tuesday, May 3rd around 2:15 pm.  Upon arrival, it was determined that there had been "an apparent home invasion-type robbery," Chief Fitzsimmons reported.

He said there were two suspects involved with the incident, both known to the victims.  With assistance from US Border Patrol, Baileyville Police Department made a search of a nearby wooded area; however, the search was called off after no signs of the suspects were found.

The following afternoon, "based upon eye witness accounts and other evidence," Chief Fitzsimmons said, Tony McLaughlin, age 38, of Baileyville, was arrested at a South Street, Calais residence by Baileyville and Calais Police Departments for his part in the Houlton Road, Baileyville incident.  Substances believed to be heroin and cocaine were found in McLaughlin's possession.  

McLaughlin was charged with Class A Robbery and Class B Aggravated Assault, as well as with Class C Possession of Schedule W Drugs.  

That evening, David Dean, age 38, of Baileyville, was arrested by Calais Police and charged with Class A Robbery and Class B Aggravated Assault for his connection with McLaughlin in the May 3rd Houlton Road, Baileyville incident.  

McLaughlin and Dean were each transported to Washington County Jail.  On Friday, both were arraigned in Washington Consolidated Court in Machias.  Chief Fitzsimmons said, "Bail was set for Tony McLaughlin at $20,000 cash or $100,000 surety.  For David Dean, it was set at $15,000 cash or $75,000 surety." 

On Friday, while in jail, both men were summonsed by Calais Police Department for their part in a burglary in Milltown that occurred last month, Calais Police Chief Dave Randall confirmed.  Both men were charged with Burglary (of a dwelling place) and Theft of a Firearm, both Class B felonies, and Possession of Firearm by a Felon, Class C felony.  




McLaughlin and Dean will be arraigned on the latest charges on June 8, 2016.