Otisfield man denies purse snatching


AUBURN — An Otisfield man on Friday denied a charge that he wrestled a purse away from an elderly woman Saturday outside a grocery store.

Samuel R. Landry, 22, pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery in Androscoggin County Superior Court.

Landry remained jailed on $250 cash bail but was expected to be bailed before the start of the weekend. He was ordered to avoid drugs and alcohol but also to participate in substance abuse counseling once released.

Landry is accused of snatching a purse away from a woman outside Hannaford supermarket on Spring Street. Prosecutors said he had been spotted outside the grocery store waiting for “the right kind of victim.” The woman he is accused of attacking is 73-years-old.