Indictments handed up in robbery, gun, drug cases

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SCARBOROUGH — Indictments have been handed up by a Cumberland County grand jury against two men and a woman in three cases dating to almost a year ago.

An indictment is a finding that enough evidence exists to prosecute. It is not a finding of guilt.

Gray resident Ryan Bell, 25, appeared in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Docket in Portland Wednesday after his indictment on a Class A robbery charge and a Class B charge of aggravated assault.

Bell is charged in connection with a robbery Feb. 20 at On the Border, a restaurant on Maine Mall Road in South Portland.

South Portland Police Sgt. Steve Webster said Bell and another man allegedly entered the restaurant just after it closed for the night, assaulted an employee and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Webster said the police investigation stalled for months before new information led detectives to arrest Bell. Webster did not say who else might have been involved in the alleged robbery.

A Saco man is scheduled to appear Jan. 29, 2013, in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Docket to answer to multiple drug and weapons charges in connection with an Oct. 10 incident in Scarborough, where he allegedly waved a handgun at the driver of another vehicle on Route 1.

Aaron Gouzie, 26, of Jenkins Road, was indicted on one count each of Class C criminal threatening, Class D threatening display with a weapon, Class D carrying a concealed weapon, Class B carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, Class C aggravated drug trafficking and Class E unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. The state is also seeking forfeiture of the 9 mm handgun allegedly used in the incident.

In affidavits filed by Scarborough police officers, Gouzie is accused of displaying the gun to a woman at the intersection of Route 1 and Lincoln Avenue. Gouzie was a passenger in a car driven by a woman not charged in the incident, but who had a confrontation with the victim as they drove north from Payne Road.

The car Gouzie was riding in was pulled over north of the Oak Hill intersection of Route 1 and Route 114. Police said they found the handgun, prescription medications, a total of about six ounces of marijuana, including about 2.5 ounces bagged for possible sale, and drug paraphernalia.

Gouzie and the driver told police he was medically certified to have marijuana, but the physician’s card showing medical clearance had expired, according to court records.

Also indicted and facing a Jan. 5, 2013, court appearance in Portland is Asia-Star Kelley, 23, a Brooklyn, N.Y., resident arrested at a Route 1 gas station on Oct. 30. Kelley was indicted on two Class B counts of trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Police said after Kelley was arrested the local motel room she had been staying in was searched. Police seized 12 grams of crack cocaine, five grams of heroin and $2,000 cash. The state is also seeking forfeiture of the money.

Kelley was arrested after a joint investigation by Scarborough and Old Orchard Beach police and agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.