AUGUSTA — Three men accused of breaking into a city apartment last month and threatening two women inside were among the nearly two dozen people indicted this week by a grand jury in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Stephen Kirkley, 19, of Albany N.Y.; Darvent Emanuel Cummings, 21, of Stroudsburg, Pa.; and Tyrone Richard Wilkins, 22, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., were each charged with robbery, aggravated criminal trespass, criminal threatening, assault and theft by unauthorized taking in indictments Thursday. Kirkley also was charged with refusing to submit to arrest and concealed weapon.

An indictment is not a determination of guilt, but it is an indication that there is enough evidence to proceed with formal charges and a trial in superior court.

Police have said the three men broke into a Chase Avenue apartment on April 6 and threatened two women with knives and a gun.

Cummings and Wilkins were arrested the day of the break-in, but Kirkley remained on the lam for nearly two weeks until he was spotted by an Augusta Police officer entering a convenience store on Mount Vernon Avenue. When Kirkley was arrested after a brief foot chase, he was reportedly carrying a knife.

Police believe that Kirkley, Cummings and Wilkins forced their way into the apartment around 5:30 p.m. on April 6 and threatened the two women. One of the victims was able to identify one of the burglars, which led police to an apartment at 33 Washington St., according to an affidavit filed in Kennebec County Superior Court by Augusta Police Officer Nathan Walker.

He found Cummings and Wilkins in the apartment owner’s bedroom. The victims later identified the men as the intruders.

Police found a knife fitting the description of the weapon used during the burglary near Cummings at the time of the arrest, Walker said. A neighbor told Augusta police Sgt. Christopher Shaw that Cummings and Wilkins placed something in a barbecue grill outside the apartment.

Walker said they found a 9-millimeter automatic handgun in the grill that matched the description of the one they were looking for.

Other indictments handed down:

* Priscilla A. Batzell, 52, of Pittston, five counts of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs and one count of criminal forfeiture, between Oct. 13, 2011, and Nov. 7, 2011, in Augusta, Pittston and Waterville.

* Jared D. Bouchard, 30, of Waterville, two counts each of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and aggravated marijuana cultivation and one count each of violation of condition of release and criminal forfeiture, Nov. 17, 2011 in Waterville.

* Lucas Creamer, 32, of Bath, eluding an officer, criminal operating under the influence and violating condition of release, March 28, in Readfield.

* Wesley James Doiron, 55, of Pittston, two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and one count of unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs, Nov. 7, 2011, in Pittston.

* Clifford P. Dumont, 44, of Waterville, two counts of operating after revocation and one count of violation of condition of release, Nov. 9, 2011, and Dec. 2, 2011, in Waterville.

* Zackery Ryan Eaton, 22, of Winslow, domestic-violence assault and violation of condition of release, March 4 in Winslow, and March 10, in Augusta.

* Michael E. Grant, 28, of Oakland, aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, criminal operating under the influence, violation of condition of release and trafficking in prison contraband, April 8 and 10, in Augusta.

* Ghe J. Grip, 32, of Waterville, two counts of violation of condition of release and one count of domestic-violence assault, March 11 and 12, in Waterville.

* Joshua R. Lemar, 29, of Manchester, theft by unauthorized taking, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and possess of burglary tools, April 15, in Augusta.

* Justin M. Marin, 22, of Augusta, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking and one count each of forgery and failure to appear, Dec. 13, 2011, Jan. 28 and between Feb. 12 and 16, all in Augusta.

* Todd E. Parsons, 35, of Newport, criminal threatening, aggravated criminal trespass, domestic violence assault and criminal mischief, March 16, in Manchester.

* Jessica J. Savage, 31, of Winslow, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking and one count each of burglary and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, April 18, in Waterville.

* Timothy J. Sharkey, 45, of Wayne, aggravated criminal operating under the influence, Jan. 17, in Winthrop.

* Jonathan Edward Thomas, 41, of Waterville, theft by unauthorized taking and aggravated criminal mischief, Aug. 15, 2011, in Waterville.


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