Orrington Standoff Allegedly Started With Hair-Pulling
A standoff that lasted most of Saturday in Orrington allegedly started when one of the suspects accused the victim of pulling her hair.
More details about the incident were revealed as the trio of suspects appeared in court on Monday. Charged with robbery and assault were Rochelle Gleason and Stephen Nason of Orrington, as well as Jason Ashe of Glenburn. Ashe is also charged with creating a police standoff.
Prosecutors say a woman who had been partying with the trio during the early morning hours of Saturday had fled the house after allegedly being attacked. The BDN reports the altercation allegedly started when Gleason accused the victim of pulling her hair. Officials say Nason and Ashe allegedly held the victim down while Gleason punched her. The three people then allegedly stole some items from the woman's purse before she left. Police say drugs and alcohol were involved in the incident.
When police arrived, the three suspects refused to come out of the house, so a tactical team was called in at around 8:00 Saturday morning. Gleason exited the house at 2:30, and Ashe followed several hours later. Nason was the last to surrender to police, just after 7:00 Saturday evening.
The three people did not enter a plea because they have not yet been indicted by a grand jury. Jason Ashe's bail was set at $10,000 cash or $50,000 in property. Rochelle Gleason's bail was set at $5,000 cash, while Stephen Nason's bail was set at $25,000 cash. They're all due in court again in September.