January 23

Kidnapping charges dropped in Chelsea incident after victim disappears

Two men plead guilty to criminal restraint in July Hankerson Road report of man held against his will.

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — Two out-of-state men charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault for allegedly holding a Chelsea man overnight in a Hankerson Road home last July pleaded guilty recently to a lesser charge of criminal restraint.

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Ricardo David Perry, 19, of Lancaster, Pa., and Eugene R. Charleston, 20, of Manhattan, N.Y., were each sentenced earlier this month to five months in jail and given credit for five months served while awaiting trial.

In exchange for the pleas, the prosecutor’s office dismissed charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and terrorizing.

“We could not find the victim,” District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said. “We had a lot of people looking for him and completely unable to find him.”

She added that the victim — Ryan J. Partridge, 24, — was acquainted with Perry and Charleston.

Maine State Police responded to the home around 6:30 a.m. July 17, when a woman reported her son called to say he was being held against his will.

Police were contacted Partridge by phone and told him to get out if he could.

Partridge had a rope around him when he ran out of the house after police arrived, according to an affidavit by Trooper Greg Stevens filed in Kennebec County Superior Court. The two suspects fled on foot, and police arrested them after a brief chase.

Partridge told police the two men had beaten him with a gun and threatened to slash him with a steak knife after another man came into the house and used pepper spray on all of them and stole $25,000 from Charleston and Perry.

Partridge told police at the time he knew the men from doing drugs with them.

A number of other people were sentenced recently in separate hearings in Kennebec County Superior Court:

• Christopher Allen Barter, 45, of Winthrop, reckless conduct Sept. 1, 2013, in Winthrop; 364-day jail sentence, all but five days suspended, credit for time serviced, one year administrative release.

• Robert N. Carroll, 58, of Bristol, Conn., commercial vehicle rule violation: false log Feb. 13, 2013, in Winslow; $500 fine.

• Daniel Degreenia, 27, of Waterville, burglary of a motor vehicle April 18, 2013, in Augusta; five-day jail sentence, $300 restitution.

• Jessica Donovan, 29, of Oakland, operating after habitual offender revocation May 7, 2013, in Litchfield; 90-day jail sentence, $750 fine.

• Denvor Ferland, 21, of Augusta, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer March 22, 2013; 15-day jail sentence, $568 restitution.

• Bradley W. Field, 26, of Litchfield, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Aug. 5, 2013, in Litchfield; four-month jail sentence, $400 restitution.

• Gladys A. Fowler, 31, of Augusta, theft by receiving stolen property Nov. 6, 2013, in Augusta; 60-day jail sentence.

• Lindsay D. Fortin, 25, of Augusta, unlawful possession of heroin and criminal forfeiture of $1,805, March 8, 2013, in Augusta; three-year jail sentence, all but six months suspended, two years’ probation, $400 fine.

• Julia A. Frascone, 61, of Clinton, operating under the influence Sept. 5, 2013, in Waterville; $500 fine, 90-day license suspension.

• Robert J. Greig, 28, of Augusta, two counts each of burglary and unlawful possession of heroin, four counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and one count of theft by deception, Feb. 13-Aug. 23, 2013, in Augusta, Portland, Sidney, and Vassalboro; five years in prison, all but nine months suspended, two years’ probation, up to $9,298 restitution, $400 fine.

• Melvin H. Hubbard IV, 18, of Waterville, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer July 23, 2013, in Waterville; 364-day jail sentence, all but 30 days suspended, one year administrative release, $1,539 restitution.

• Lindsay Lachance, 21, of Hallowell, operating vehicle without license-conditional/restricted June 15, 2013, in Winslow; $200 fine.

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