Update: Two arrested in motor home invasion



Matthew Joy (left) and Joshua Smith

ELLSWORTH — Two men have been arrested for allegedly forcing their way into a motor home in Trenton and assaulting the man living there in an attempt to steal prescription drugs.

Joshua Smith, 30, of Milford and Matthew Joy, 26, of Swans Island were both arrested on robbery charges for the Aug. 14 incident on the Oak Point Road.

Smith was arrested Sept. 30 at a residence in Old Town, according to Deputy Alan Brown of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. Joy was arrested Oct. 9 on Swans Island as he stepped off the Swans Island Ferry, Brown said.

The two men are accused of entering a motor home and assaulting the 54-year-old man who was living there. The man was threatened and restrained by the suspects, who made off with an undetermined amount of prescription narcotics, Brown said.

“He knew one of the suspects,” Brown said, adding that the victim was able to identify Joy. A game camera on the property also captured photos of the suspects entering the motor home.

The incident came to the attention of police when the victim, who was able to free himself, sought treatment at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor. Hospital staff reported the matter to the sheriff’s department. The victim reportedly received minor injuries.

Following an initial response by Deputy Luke Gross, Brown and Detective Steve McFarland took over the investigation. The pair viewed surveillance videos from other locations and executed search warrants as they gathered additional evidence. A break in the case came when a state police trooper was able to identify Smith through photographs, Brown said.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander