ELLSWORTH – The man who allegedly used a handgun in the attempted robbery of the Town Hill Market in Bar Harbor was among the 14 people indicted Thursday by a Hancock County grand jury.
Chris Stevens, 39, of Tremont was indicted on single counts of robbery, burglary, theft, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and violating the conditions of his release. The robbery charge is a class A crime, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
The store’s owner, Richard Simis, was opening the market on the morning of April 24 when Stevens, wearing a mask and holding a .22 caliber handgun, allegedly came through a door and announced he was there to rob the store. Simis jumped on Stevens when he was momentarily distracted and the pair began to wrestle. During the scuffle, the gun fired twice. Simis was able to grab a knife from the store kitchen and hold Stevens at bay until police arrived.