A 33-year-old Nobleboro man escaped a robbery attempt at knifepoint at his home Sunday, Oct. 8. Police have charged a 26-year-old Somerset County man in connection with the incident.
Stephen Matherson, 26, of Madison, faces a single count of class C assault with a dangerous weapon, according to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely.
Matherson and the Nobleboro man had communicated online “in reference to employment,” according to the press release. During a meeting at the Nobleboro man’s home off East Pond Road on Sunday, Matherson allegedly threatened the Nobleboro man with a knife in an attempt to force him to transfer money.
“There was a physical altercation between the two men and the victim was able to escape in his car,” Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Michael J. Murphy said in the press release. The victim had minor injuries, but was able to drive himself to the Waldoboro Police Department to report the crime.
At 4:12 p.m. Sunday, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received the report and responded to the residence in Nobleboro.
Matherson had left, but the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office located him in Madison and detained him for the sheriff’s office, according to the press release. His vehicle was impounded and a loaded pistol was recovered.
Matherson was eventually arrested and taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where he was later released on $5,000 cash bail.
The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Terry Michaud at 882-7332.