LEWISTON — A local man was charged this week in a September rampage that flooded a basement and several apartments at Place Ste. Marie.

Kevin Vanwey, 19, of 69 Horton St. was indicted by the Androscoggin County grand jury Monday on a charge of aggravated criminal mischief.

He is accused of smashing his way into a boiler room at the apartment complex on the evening of Sept. 26, 2018, and damaging property.

Police said pipes and other equipment were damaged, causing water to gush into the basement and flood several apartments on the building’s south side.

Investigators said damage estimated at several thousand dollars was done to the building, although an exact figure was not available.

There are about 40 apartments in the four-story building that sits between Oxford and Lincoln streets. It is managed by H&S Reny Property Management Inc. of Lewiston.

Police and fire crews were called to the scene when alarms sounded at the building. When police arrived, they found a board ripped off a basement window, glass smashed and significant damage in the boiler room.

One witness reported the suspect emerged from the basement and was bleeding from the legs. Police found a bloody Vanwey at the scene and took him to a hospital for treatment for cuts and a possible broken leg.

Vanwey has been summoned to appear in court to answer to the charge.

A utility room at Place Ste. Marie on Oxford Street in Lewiston shows damage from broken water pipes and flooding in September 2018. On Monday, Kevin Vanwey, 19, of 69 Horton St. in Lewiston was indicted on a charge of aggravated criminal mischief in the case. (Sun Journal photo by Mark LaFlamme)

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