Transient to serve six years in prison for robbing woman in Lewiston

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AUBURN — A transient who assaulted a woman with a brick and stole her purse was sentenced Thursday to serve six years in prison.

An Androscoggin County Superior Court judge imposed a 10-year sentence on Jamie Brown, 26, for robbery, but suspended four years in keeping with an arranged plea agreement. After his release from prison, Brown will be placed on probation for four years. During that time, he must observe a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and undergo substance abuse and mental health counseling. He must refrain from alcohol and illegal drug use and have no contact with the victim.

Brown came to Maine from Massachusetts shortly before the incident, he said.

A charge of elevated aggravated assault was dropped by the state.

Prosecutors said a tenant in an apartment building on Park Street in Lewiston saw blood in the hallway on Feb. 5 and called police, who checked local hospitals and found the 22-year-old victim.

The woman, who also was a transient at the time, said she had been waiting at the Lewiston Greyhound bus station that day until it closed. She met Brown there and the two struck up a conversation. They agreed to go to a nearby building to get warm. When they sat down in the hallway of 139 Park St., Brown tried to steal her purse, Assistant District Attorney Andrew Matulis said. The woman fought back. Brown grabbed a brick and struck her with it.

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Brown managed to free the woman’s purse from her grasp and fled, Matulis said. The victim made her way to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where she was admitted with a head injury.

In an interview with police, Brown admitted he tried to steal the victim’s purse and a struggle ensued, Matulis said. Brown told police he may have hit the victim with a brick, but he had blacked out, Matulis said.

Police found Brown at Lisbon and Pine streets, about one block from the attack.

cwilliams@sunjournal.com

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