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Houlton man arrested, accused of robbery, assault, extortion

HODGDON, Maine — A 46-year-old Houlton man was arrested on Wednesday morning and charged with numerous crimes in connection with the assault and robbery of a Hodgdon man last month.

Brady Bridges was charged with robbery, burglary, criminal threatening with a weapon, assault and theft by extortion, Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall said Thursday.

Bridges is accused of entering a male victim’s home in Hodgdon in mid-February and threatening the resident with a claw hammer he’d brought with him, according to Crandall. The victim convinced Bridges to go outside with him because the victim’s daughter also was home at the time, the sheriff said. Once outside, Bridges assaulted the man repeatedly with his fists. Crandall said Thursday that the victim suffered minor injuries in the altercation.

Bridges informed the victim that his family would not be harmed if the man gave Bridges $3,000, Crandall said. Bridges accompanied the victim to a bank in Houlton and watched as he withdrew the cash. The victim then gave the money to Bridges.

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