AUGUSTA — A Waterville man accused of robbing a gas station and convenience store is back behind bars in Maine in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

Emmanual Hurtado, 26, is charged with robbery — a class A offense that carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison — and a misdemeanor charge of theft, both of which allegedly happened early Jan. 28 at the Mobil on the Run in Waterville.

Hurtado is accused of using physical violence on a clerk at the store and of stealing cigarettes and/or cash.

Judge Tom Nale set the bail Tuesday when Hurtado made an initial court appearance on the charges via video from the Kennebec County jail. Hurtado’s next court hearing is set for May 11.

A condition of bail prohibits Hurtado from contact with the clerk and from being at Mobil on the Run in Waterville.

According to an affidavit by Waterville police Officer David Caron, the store clerk said a man forced his way through locked doors about 5:45 a.m. that day while she was counting money from the previous shifts.

The clerk said the intruder yelled, “Give me them cigarettes” as he approached her counter and then climbed over it. She said he grabbed some $10 and $5 bills from the register as she was trying to close it, and he took cigarettes from a display and other racks and put them into a small black trash can and fled with it.

A surveillance video showed the suspect with a red bandanna covering the lower half of his face and wearing camouflage pants and white sneakers as well as gloves.

Police later identified the suspect as Hurtado and obtained a warrant for his arrest after learning he had left the state with a woman on a road trip, apparently headed to Arizona.

The vehicle was stopped in Connecticut and Hurtado was arrested on the warrant from Maine.

He waived extradition and was returned to the state, arriving at the Kennebec County jail on Friday.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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