A 27-year-old man wanted in connection with a robbery and domestic violence assault and who led authorities on a manhunt in the Standish area last week was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Biddeford.

Jessy Kehling, who lives in the Biddeford and Limington areas but has no permanent address, was arrested on Prospect Street in Biddeford on nine outstanding warrants for charges that also include theft, acquiring drugs by deception, other assaults and violating the conditions of his release on bail, Biddeford Deputy Police Chief JoAnne Fisk said in a statement.

Authorities from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Maine State Police troopers and deputies from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office began searching for Kehling on Friday.

According to WCSH-TV, Kehling was driving a car with three children in it when he was pulled over by police during a traffic stop Friday morning. He drove off but police found the car – with the children unharmed inside – near some woods that Kehling ran into. According to the TV station, police said he later asked two women for a ride to a store, but they knew he was being sought by police and ran to their apartment to call 911.

Police told the station that the women said the man was barefoot, wearing only black shorts, and his feet were cut and covered with blisters.

The Maine Violent Offender Task Force also had been searching for Kehling.


He was taken into custody by the York County Sheriff’s Department after his arrest. His bail was set at $5,075.

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