Augusta police arrested a 33-year-old man Tuesday after he allegedly used a cast-iron frying pan to attack a Pike Street homeowner Monday afternoon in the victim’s home, then fled.

Kristopher Russ of Augusta was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, criminal mischief, felony violation of conditions of release, and forgery, with no bail allowed.

Deputy Police Chief Jared Mills said Tuesday the homeowner came home around 2 p.m. Monday and surprised a man who appeared to be searching for things to steal. Mills would not identify the victim, who was treated at the hospital for his injuries.

Mills said the homeowner, who is 80, confronted the intruder and was struck several times with the pan. The homeowner reported the intrusion to the Augusta police.

With the help of the Maine State Police and the Kennebec County sheriff’s dog unit, Augusta police searched in the vicinity of Pike and Green streets for nearly two hours, but the attacker remained at large. Police issued a description of him.

“Earlier (Monday), some witnesses saw the subject walking in the area, or someone matching that description,” Mills said. “We suspect that, based on everything we were told, that the suspect was looking for something unoccupied, and the homeowner came home and at the time he had broken in.”

About 5 p.m. Tuesday, police received a tip from the public that helped them find Russ, according to a police news release. More than 10 patrol officers and detectives worked to piece together the evidence collected in the case, enabling investigators to identify Russ as the person responsible for the crime.

Russ had been free but subject to bail conditions for various charges, including burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon, so he was transferred to the Kennebec County jail for holding.

Before Russ was arrested, police said the intruder had made off with an undisclosed amount of money.


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