AUGUSTA — A Gardiner man is facing charges after reportedly stealing cash, a cellphone and a hat from a man in Augusta.

Brian E. Cray, 24, is charged with robbery and violating conditions of release. Cray was held overnight at the Kennebec County jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

According to an affidavit filed by Augusta Police Officer Laura Drouin, Cray and another man confronted a 26-year-old man around 3 p.m. Sunday as he sat on the sidewalk on Davenport Street waiting for a friend. The alleged victim said Cray and the second man stopped the car they were in and confronted him. Cray reportedly grabbed the man’s shirt, lifting him off the sidewalk and told him to “give me what you have in your pockets or I’ll blast your teeth down your throat.” Cray then reportedly turned the man’s pockets inside out and took the $150 they contained. Cray subsequently grabbed the man’s cellphone out of his hand and the hat off his head.

The victim reportedly knows Cray, whom he described as a former friend, though the victim and Cray had a falling out over a woman a few years ago.

Cray, when later questioned by Drouin at the Augusta Police Department, said he had not been in Augusta, Drouin wrote. The man reportedly with Cray, however, said the men had been in the city and that Cray and the victim had an argument.


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