PORTLAND – A man and a woman who are charged with committing two armed robberies in Westbrook while the woman’s 4-year-old son was in the getaway car made their initial court appearances Wednesday.

Heather Carroll, 22, and John Libby III, 35, were ordered to be held on $100,000 cash or $250,000 property bail in the Cumberland County Jail.

Their attorneys said they intend to argue for lower bail amounts during hearings in the next few weeks, as police reports and other information about the case are provided to them.

Police say Libby went into Good Things Variety on Saco Street around 8:20 p.m. Monday, showed the clerk a knife and demanded cash. The clerk ran out a back door and Libby left the store without any money, police say.

About 30 minutes later, he allegedly robbed the Dunkin’ Donuts store on Bridgton Road.

A security camera image taken Monday night at the store shows the robbery suspect holding what appears to be a butcher knife as he demands money from the clerk. Authorities have not said how much money was taken during that robbery.

According to police, Carroll drove Libby to and from the robberies, with her son in the back seat. Both Libby and Carroll face two felony charges of robbery and a charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

Libby was arrested two months ago on Park Avenue in Portland and was charged with theft and possession of illegal drugs.

His lawyer, J.P. DeGrinney, told District Court Judge MaryGay Kennedy that Libby was on probation at the time of his arrest on Tuesday.

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