AUGUSTA — Authorities have identified one of those arrested Sunday after an altercation involving gunshots in the Wal-Mart parking lot as a person with “a lengthy criminal history” and aliases in three states, according to an affidavit filed Wednesday at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.

The man who gave the name of Kweasia “Reggie” McBride, 45, of Harlem on Sunday and Monday has since been identified as Reginald L. McBride, 38, of New York City, through the National Crime Information Center database, authorities said.

The state, through Kennebec County Deputy District Attorney Paul Cavanaugh, sought to correct the name on the criminal complaint filed Monday, which charges McBride with aggravated trafficking in heroin and reckless conduct with a firearm.


The court filing says, “At the time the defendant was arrested he possessed a New York state benefit card bearing the name Reginald McBride.” The birth date on it was different from the one he originally provided to the Kennebec County jail.

McBride went before a judicial center judge again Wednesday via video link from the jail to hear the amended complaint. McBride also was told of two new charges against him, both for aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.

That complaint lists these aliases for McBride: Reginald Lamont McBride, Reginald Lamonte McBride, Reginald Lamonte McBride Jr., Reginald L. McBride, Manny McBride, Reggie McBride, Benjamin McBride, Kweisha McBride, Reginald Washington, Anthony Walker, Reggie and Sonny. The national identification center indicated that McBride used aliases and Social Security numbers from Virginia, New York and Maryland.

McBride was one of four people arrested Sunday night after four shots were fired outside Wal-Mart in the Marketplace at Augusta, just off Civic Center Drive. Investigators say the dispute was about money owed by some of the people involved and that it was apparently drug-related.

No one was wounded, but McBride was injured when he was struck by the butt of a gun during a fight that followed the gunfire between people who had parked their vehicles side by side. The incident ended when two legally armed civilian bystanders intervened.

McBride, who left the scene, was arrested shortly afterward on Mayflower Road in Augusta.

At McBride’s first court hearing, held Monday, Cavanaugh told the judge that authorities had doubts about the name, Social Security number and date of birth that McBride had provided.

“As I stand here today, I don’t know that this person is who he says he is,” Cavanaugh said in court.

The affidavit filed Wednesday by Kelly Hooper, a special agent with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, indicates police had suspected McBride of dealing drugs in the area for several months.

It says he sold a gram of cocaine on March 1 for $100 from an apartment on Northern Avenue in Augusta, and sold a gram of heroin for $200 on April 6 at a store in Gardiner. The transactions were “controlled drug purchases,” Hooper wrote.


The affidavit was part of the information submitted to support the newer charges of aggravated trafficking against McBride. They indicate that he was convicted on Oct. 25, 1996, in Fairfax County (Virginia) Circuit Court of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.

On Monday, McBride was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail on charges of aggravated trafficking in heroin and reckless conduct with a firearm, all linked to Sunday’s events.

Police said they found a 42-gram block of heroin on McBride when they searched him.

On Wednesday, Justice Robert Mullen ordered McBride held on a consecutive $50,000 bail related to the new trafficking charges. Cavanaugh sought the high bail, saying McBride had convictions in Maryland, New York and Virginia.

“The flight risk is really high and the conduct is extreme,” Cavanaugh said.

Mullen said the bail could be reviewed once an attorney is appointed to represent McBride, which Mullen asked the court clerk to do immediately.

At Wednesday’s hearing, McBride, who was wearing a one-piece orange jail uniform, seemed to shake his head from side to side, indicating he disagreed with the identification of him as Reginald L. McBride.

Thomas Tilton, attorney of the day for in-custody defendants, objected to the name change on the court paperwork, and Mullen said he would revisit it if the attorney appointed chose to raise it as an issue.

Tilton also said McBride indicated he had yet to be permitted a phone call from the jail. Mullen said the appointed attorney should contact him if McBride was not permitted a call.

Cavanaugh told the judge that any call delay might have been connected to the problem confirming McBride’s identity.

Outside the courtroom, Cavanaugh said authorities have confirmed that Frankie Dejesus, a co-defendant arrested outside Wal-Mart, had provided authorities with his correct name. Cavanaugh said Dejesus was carrying both New York and Massachusetts driver’s licenses in that name.

Dejesus, 27, of Rochester, New York, is charged with reckless conduct with a firearm and aggravated assault. He is being held at the Kennebec County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

A woman arrested with Dejesus at Wal-Mart, Diana Davis, 28, also of Rochester, was charged with aggravated assault, class B. Her bail was set at $5,000, and she remained jailed Wednesday.

Samantha Tupper, 24, of Augusta, arrested with McBride who is being held on a charge of violating probation and a new charge of furnishing heroin, is likely to appear before a judge Friday.

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