A Pittsfield woman remained in jail Sunday after she reportedly robbed a downtown Pittsfield restaurant Saturday, where she was a former employee and was arrested later in a vehicle off Pittsfield Street, according to police.

Jessica Brann, 34, was charged with Class A robbery and four counts of assault on a police officer after she reportedly bit and kicked officers at the Somerset County Jail in Skowhegan, where she was taken after being arrested, according to Chief Pete Bickmore of the Pittsfield Police Department.

Pittsfield police officers responded to Dysart’s Travel Stop at 101 Somerset Ave. at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday after employees reported a woman they identified as Brann had come in and demanded money and cigarettes, saying she had a gun in her purse, Bickmore said Sunday morning.

Brann was given cigarettes and an undetermined amount of money. She then left the restaurant, according to Bickmore.

Maine State Police and Somerset County Sheriff’s deputies responded to assist Pittsfield officers with the search for Brann, Bickmore said.


“They developed information immediately about her identity,” he said, “and they put out a lookout for her. Troopers and deputies subsequently located her in Pittsfield and arrested her.”

Bickmore said Brann was inside her vehicle before 8 p.m. at Pittsfield Gardens, a housing complex on Pittsfield Street.

“They searched the vehicle and were able to find the cigarettes that were stolen, but they didn’t find the money or the firearm,” he said.

At the jail, Brann assaulted three officers, according to Bickmore.

“Two Pittsfield police officers were injured and a Somerset County corrections officer was injured at the jail during the booking when she assaulted them by kicking and biting them,” Bickmore said. “They’ll be following up with medical attention.”

Brann’s bail was set at $25,000 cash and she is scheduled to appear Dec. 15 at Somerset County Superior Court, according to Bickmore.


He said he was told by officers Brann might have been under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of the robbery, during which Brann was not wearing anything to conceal her identity, according to Bickmore.

He commended the work of his officers and others who assisted.

“We depend on our law enforcement partners so much in a small department,” Bickmore said, “and we can’t say enough about the Maine State Police and Somerset County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.”




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