SKOWHEGAN — A Bingham man accused of robbing two banks while armed with a hammer is a military veteran who was injured in the service and has no job or personal assets, according to his attorney.
Travis A. Carrigan, 35, was indicted Friday by a Somerset County grand jury on two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon – a carpenter’s framing hammer – and two counts of violating the conditions of his release on a previous charge.
He lives with his girlfriend, who pays the bills to run the household, Carrigan wrote in a motion for a court-appointed lawyer. Carrigan also wrote that he has a child, but it is not clear where the child is living or with whom.
Carrigan’s attorney, Philip Mohlar of Skowhegan, said he has met with Carrigan once and learned that his client was injured while serving in the military and is prescribed pain medication. Mohlar said he had no additional details on Carrigan’s military career.
Mohlar said Carrigan plans to plead not guilty to the robbery charges on March 26. Carrigan confessed to police that he was armed with a carpenter’s hammer when he robbed Camden National Bank on Main Street in Bingham on Jan. 17 and Skowhegan Savings Bank, also on Main Street in Bingham, on Feb. 4, according to a police affidavit filed in court.
District Attorney Maeghan Maloney has said Carrigan used all the money stolen in the robberies – more than $8,000 – to buy drugs. None of the money was recovered, Maloney said.
Dale Lancaster, chief deputy for the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, said the hammer used in the robberies was Carrigan’s. Police located the hammer March 6 along U.S. Route 201 in Madison about 15 miles south of Bingham. Carrigan told investigators where to find the hammer, Lancaster said.
“He is a carpenter by vocation, but I am told that he hasn’t worked for six or seven months,” Lancaster said. “He’s unemployed and didn’t have any prospects for employment.”
Carrigan also shows two addresses on court documents, one on Murray Street in Bingham and another on Garfield Street in Madison.
He was arraigned on the robbery charges in Skowhegan District Court, but has not entered a plea.
In both robberies, a lone man wearing gloves and a mask and wielding a hammer threatened bank tellers and demanded money, according to court documents. No one was injured in either robbery.
Bail was set at $250,000 cash, but there is a court motion in place by the district attorney’s office to hold him without bail until his next court appearance March 26.
Carrigan is charged with two counts of armed robbery, Class A felonies punishable by up to 30 years in prison, and a $50,000 fine on each count. He also is charged with two counts of violating the conditions of release on a charge of operating after suspension in October. His driver’s license was suspended because of a previous operating under the influence conviction, according to court records.
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