Bangor Police are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect in two mall-area robberies.

Lieutenant Tim Cotton says the first robbery happened Wednesday evening at Bed Bath and Beyond, 496 Stillwater Avenue in Bangor. A lone white male with some facial hair walked into the store at approximately 6:15 and made threatening gestures at a clerk, indicating that he had a weapon in his pocket. He demanded money and then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses said he was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, shorts, sunglasses, and sneakers.

Several hours later, a man fitting the same description was named as a suspect in an incident at the Comfort Inn, located at 10 Bangor Mall Boulevard. Police were called to the hotel just after 12:00 Thursday morning to a report of a robbery. They learned that a man, fitting the same physical description from the earlier robbery demanded money from the clerk, who was working alone. The clerk refused to give up any money and the suspect struck the clerk in the face with his fist. The clerk then physically grappled with the suspect and took control of him, while using a restraint technique that subdued the man.

 

The clerk offered to release the man from the hold if he would promise the leave the premises. The man said he would and the clerk let go of him. Police say the suspect left the hotel quickly. This time, the suspect was said to be wearing blue jeans, a red t-shirt, and a black jacket but the description of the man fit that of the suspect from the previous robbery.

Bangor Police released a photo of the suspect taken from a security camera. Anyone who thinks they may recognize him is asked to contact Bangor Police Detective Aaron Brooker at aaron.brooker@bangormaine.gov or by calling 947-7384, extension 5740. Anonymous tips can be left at 947-7384, Option #3.

We'll update this story as more details become available. 

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