BUXTON — Authorities have dropped robbery and aggravated assault charges against a local man because of insufficient evidence.

Michael Crockett Jr., 30, who was wanted by Buxton Police in connection with the robbery and beating of a woman in her home last month, had hid out in the woods in Cornish for several days before surrendering to York County Chief Deputy Bill King May 18.

Buxton Police Chief Michael Grovo said Friday the investigation into the robbery and beating of the woman continues.

“This is still an active working investigation,” said Grovo in an email. “I spoke with Assistant District Attorney John Connelly and we discussed the evidence we have, and we felt it was insufficient at this time. The charges against Michael Crockett Jr. have been dropped at this time, but the investigation is far from over.”

The victim was assaulted and tied up by two men and a woman, who reportedly left her on the floor after taking some money and fleeing her home on April 11.

Stacy Day, 35, of Buxton, and Gregory Hoar, 29, of Gorham, were arrested May 15. Both were charged with Class A felony robbery and felony Class B aggravated assault.

Crockett went into hiding when he learned of the arrest warrant. He told his attorney, Amy Fairfield, that he was elsewhere when the crime was committed, and that he wanted to turn himself in. Fairfield contacted King, who spoke with Crockett by telephone, while Sgt. Steve Thistlewood and Deputy Tom Searway waited near the woods where Crockett was hiding.

King said he told Crockett he had to come out of the woods and deal with the charges. Crockett surrendered without incident.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]

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