Portland police arrest 3 suspects after armed robbery

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PORTLAND — Three suspects were arrested Monday morning and charged in connection with an armed robbery.

It was the third robbery in the city since Aug. 20.

Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch said Kordell Wadley and Devin Bedard, both 18 and of Biddeford, and Tyler Poirier, 18, of Sanford, face robbery charges after allegedly trying to steal a woman’s purse at Congress and Franklin streets. 

Malloch said the unidentified victim, a 24-year-old city resident, was knocked to the ground, shocked with a stun gun and struck in the head with a handgun. Police heard her screams for help and saw three men run from the scene around 2:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22.

Wadley, Bedard and Poirier were apprehended shortly afterwards in an alley between Temple and Exchange streets, Malloch said. They have also been charged with aggravated assault and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

The woman was treated for her injuries at a local hospital and released. 

Malloch said another woman said she was robbed by three men on Oxford Street “just minutes” before the incident at Franklin and Congress streets.

He said the victim was uninjured. That robbery remains under investigation and no one has been charged.

Police continue to look for a suspect who robbed the ScrubaDub car wash and convenience store at 1180 Forest Ave. on Aug. 20. Malloch said the suspect entered the business around 9:15 p.m. and threatened the clerk with a large knife.

The suspect then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash toward nearby railroad tracks. Malloch said police used a K-9 team during the search, but were unsuccessful.

No one was injured in the robbery and no one was in the car wash at the time.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, medium build with a brown beard and mustache. Malloch said he was wearing a red hoodie and blue ball cap.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact police at 874-8584. Anonymous tips can be made online at http://bit.ly/1Wmofpm or by texting GOTCHA and the information to 274637.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. 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.