Topsham Annex arson suspect dies in jail cell

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WISCASSET — A Topsham man being held at Two Bridges Regional Jail was found dead of an apparent suicide in his cell early Monday morning.

Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said Robi Saputra, 21, was found hanging by a bed sheet at 2:18 a.m.

Saputra, who was alone in the cell, was awaiting trial after being arrested last August in connection with a fire that destroyed a vacant building at the Topsham Navy Annex that month.

Saputra was one of two people charged with arson in the case. He had been living at Merrymeeting Condos, a short distance from the annex, and was also charged with violating bail conditions for a prior unrelated drug charge.

McCausland said Saputra left a note in the cell, but he did not have details about what it said. He said the jail checks its inmates every 30 minutes.

Saputra’s body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy that was expected to take place Monday or Tuesday, McCausland said.

The Maine State Police investigate all deaths of inmates in Maine’s correctional system, McCausland said.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.