Teens appear in court for Poland armed robbery

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Caleb Wagg, 18, awaits his court appearance Friday at Lewiston District Court. Wagg, along with his sister and another defendant, was charged in a Poland robbery. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)

LEWISTON — Three teenagers charged with robbing a Poland man at gunpoint — a fourth teen threatened to shoot his dog — appeared in court Friday.

Michaela Wagg, 19, of 401 Death Valley Road in Minot, her brother, Caleb Wagg, 18, of 94 Cross Road in Minot, and John Wright, 18, of 66 Constellation Drive in Auburn appeared in custody in 8th District Court. Each was charged with Class A robbery, a felony crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

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A fourth teenager was arrested late Friday afternoon and charged in the robbery. Jordin Small, 18, who is a transient, had pulled a silver .357-caliber revolver on the victim and, pointing it at the head of the victim’s dog, threatened to shoot the animal, according to Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department Detective Maurice Druin’s sworn affidavit.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Devon Bailey, 19, of 770 Empire Road in Poland called 911 to report an armed robbery.

He told authorities he knew most of the five people — four men and one woman — who came to his home in a black car and accused him of slashing the tires of vehicles in the Poland and Minot area.

A black four-door Hyundai is registered to Michaela Wagg, Druin wrote.

Maine State Police troopers learned of the investigation and found Wagg’s car at her home. A short time later, it left and was stopped by police. Wright and both Waggs were in the car along with two other people who haven’t been arrested or charged.

When questioned by authorities, Wright initially denied knowing anything about the robbery, but later he said he and four other people had gone to Bailey’s home to “kick his a–” for slashing tires. Michaela Wagg drove the others in her car, Wright said.

After entering Bailey’s home, Small, Caleb Wagg and a third man were standing in the kitchen area when Small pulled out the revolver from his waist band and pointed it at Bailey, Wright told a detective.

Small told Bailey, “You’d better not be lying or this could get messy,” according to the affidavit.

Bailey told authorities that Small pushed him with the gun and broke his eyeglasses.

One of the teens told Bailey to swear on his dog’s life that he hadn’t slashed the tires. That’s when Small aimed the revolver at Bailey’s dog’s head, Druin wrote.

Bailey denied slashing any tires.

Small, Wright and a third teen went into the basement in search of marijuana. One teen took a jar of marijuana and pipes before leaving the home. Small took a Sony PlayStation 3, Wright told authorities. Bailey’s iPhone also was taken by someone in the group.

The five people left in Michaela Wagg’s car and drove to her home. There, Small looked out the window and saw a state trooper drive by the home. He and another teen ran out the basement door into nearby woods, Wright told authorities.

Wright confirmed the PlayStation 3, cellphone and marijuana were inside Wagg’s home.

Authorities recovered the video game, the pot and the revolver from Wagg’s home after executing a search warrant, Druin wrote.

Wright and both Waggs were held at Androscoggin County Jail on Friday, each in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $500 cash plus a contract with Maine Pretrial Services for supervised release. All were ordered to have no contact with each other, nor with Bailey. A condition of release was the prohibition of having a dangerous weapon for which they could be searched at random.

Small’s bail was set at $5,000 cash.

Authorities said Bailey was alone at home at the time of the incident.

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John Wright looks to his attorney during his court appearance at the Lewiston District Court on Friday afternoon. Wright, along with two other defendants, was charged in a robbery in Poland. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)

Michaela Wagg, 19, looks at her family during her courtroom appearance at Lewiston District Court on Friday. Wagg, along with her brother and another defendant, was charged in a robbery in Poland. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)

Jordin Small

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  • MaineCWP

    To many unanswered questions.

    • John Smith

      Haha, wow. Clear identification by name, admission of events by a participant, and discovery of stolen items. You rarely see such a clear case with so few questions. So, the state can take guilty pleas and send these dumb kids off to camp for a couple years, save everyone a bunch of money and move on to adult crimes.

  • mdyer

    Looks like a real tough gang. But what I really want to know is if that other kid is a tire slasher.

    • John Smith

      They look tough to you? Wow, they look like sissies to me.

  • WootenME

    sadly, another case of taking the law in your own hands and following a stupid leader with no sense of what the consequences would be. I truly feel bad for these kids. Although they are 18 and 19 years old, they obviously do not have the development of adults. I believe they just wanted to shake up the alleged tire slasher, but they made even a dumber move by threatening harm with a gun and stealing the victims personal belongings. 30 years sentence would be the wrong move in this case. These kids look like they can learn more with a different type of rehabilitation. Sending them to prison for 30 years will make them worse.

  • FrankE

    A perfect example of immaturity and ignorance rolled into one stupid idea. I could just imagine these fools sitting around the house pushing each other on until, in their minds anyway, it was up to them to correct the wrong. No thought whatsoever went into any consequences. These idiots need to be punished for the actions they took, and the punishment should be sufficient to maybe force others willing to think that taking the law into their own hands is a very dangerous idea. I just don’t understand how they thought they had no need to hide their identities when at least three of them were known to the victim……….

  • Brian

    You play the game, you pay the price. 30 years sounds fair for making someone fear for their life so you can have more drugs to enjoy.

    • John Smith

      Your sense of fair is all couch potato bluster and no economics.

  • John Smith

    Amazing not one of these youngsters had the street sense to say, “Ah ok, you guys go and I’ll cook up a nice meal for when you get back.” Really exceptionally stupid kids, Maine has problems.