LIVERMORE FALLS — A local man accused of robbing a resident at gunpoint Monday and leading police on an approximate 36-mile, low-speed pursuit through three counties now faces an elevated charge of robbery.

Robert T. Judd, 37, of Livermore Falls is charged with a Class A robbery with a dangerous weapon, Police Chief Ernest Steward Jr. said Thursday.

A conviction on the charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine, compared to the initial charge of Class B robbery, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Judd is on a probation hold on an unrelated 2013 sentence at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn. His bail was reduced from $100,060 to $25,000 cash or $10,000 cash and a Maine pretrial contract after going to court, a corrections officer said.

Judd also faces a felony count of passing a roadblock and a misdemeanor charge of eluding an officer, Steward said. Judd’s case, including other charges, will go before a grand jury.

Police received the report of a potential robbery/burglary on Wheeler Street at 5:05 a.m. Monday. A firearm was reportedly involved, according to Livermore Falls Officer Devon Bohacik’s release.

Bohacik, assisted by Jay Officer Dylan Rider, identified the vehicle and Judd, its driver, as the suspect. Judd failed to comply with officer’s orders after an attempted stop on Knapp Street and fled in the vehicle. He avoided three roadblocks and spike mats during the approximate 45-minute pursuit, according to Bohacik.

Maine State Police stopped the vehicle on North Road in Mount Vernon.

Judd was shocked to temporarily incapacitate him and allow officers to remove him from the vehicle. He received minor injuries and was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston by Winthrop EMS ambulance, according to Bohacik. Judd was later released from the hospital and taken to jail.

A small safe recovered from the vehicle was stolen from the Wheeler Street residence, police said.

Several agencies assisted in the pursuit, including Wilton and Farmington police, and the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

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