AUGUSTA — The city man accused in the Wednesday daylight robbery of a 69-year-old homeowner on Leighton Road was convicted of robbery in the Portland area over a decade ago, according to court records.
Nicholas R. Williams, 32, is charged with robbery in connection with Wednesday’s incident, and a judge in Augusta District Court set his bail Friday at $10,000 cash.
An affidavit by Augusta Police Officer Paul Doody says Williams and the homeowner were acquainted and that Williams came into the house on Wednesday, apparently leaving a woman with a broken leg sitting in a truck outside.
The victim said Williams “pulled a black hand gun with a very short barrel out of his waist band and told (the victim), âGive me you money or I will kill you,'” Doody wrote in the affidavit.
The homeowner then told Williams he had no money and “to go ahead and kill” him, according to the affidavit.
Williams, the homeowner told police, struck him on the head with the gun, kicked him in the face and upper body as he lay on the floor and rifled his pockets before fleeing with $200 he found there.
Doody said the homeowner grabbed a knife and attempted to follow Williams, but was too dazed by the assault.
Doody said that when Williams left in the truck, another man who had been at the victim’s home and saw what happened got in his pickup and followed Williams as he drove toward Civic Center Drive and stopped at a house on Old Belgrade Road.
Police said a woman who had been smoking outside the home where the robbery took place helped bandage a spot on the victim’s head that was still bleeding when they arrived, and that she also cleaned up the floor.
According to superior court records, Williams was sentenced for the Portland robbery on Dec. 7, 2001, to six years in jail, with all but nine months suspended, and six years’ probation.