WELLS, Maine — On Thursday, police in Wells caught a violent fugitive who was wanted for allegedly attacking a family member with a knife on Christmas Day.
The U.S. Marshals Service’s Maine Violent Offender Task Force says that Michael Scott, a 41-year-old man from Wells, was caught without a fight at an address in Wells. He is charged with high-level aggravated assault and high-level domestic violence assault because of something that allegedly happened on December 25 in Biddeford.
Since Dec. 27, when a warrant was issued for Scott’s arrest, the Biddeford Police Department had been looking for him. During their search, the police were able to figure out at one point that Scott was probably still in southern Maine.
The U.S. Marshals Service’s Maine Violent Offender Task Force says that Michael Scott, a 41-year-old man from Wells, was caught without a fight at an address in Wells.
Scott went to court for the first time on Friday in the district of Biddeford. Scott could be seen at York County Jail on the online videoconferencing platform Zoom. He was wearing orange clothes, moving back and forth in his seat, and sometimes bowed his head.
The felony charges against Scott were read by Justice Matthew Tice. If Scott is found guilty, he could spend up to 30 years in prison for the Class A crime of elevated aggravated assault. Domestic violence is a Class B crime that could get you up to 10 years in prison if you are found guilty. Both charges could also lead to fines and jail time.
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Scott is accused of doing things that showed “a depraved indifference to the value of human life” and caused “serious bodily injury” to the victim, as Tice explained. He also said that a knife was used against a family member or someone who lived in the same house.
Tice said that the two charges were “serious,” and he said that the next step would be for a grand jury to look at them.
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Scott has been in trouble with the law before for domestic violence, Tice said, adding that he was the one who gave Scott his sentence in that case.
Scott told Tice he knew what was being said about him. He asked the court for a lawyer, and David Mooney from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was given to him.
Attorney James Gioia was the “lawyer for the day” in court on Friday, when Scott went there. Mark Squires, who is an assistant district attorney, spoke for the state of Maine.
Gioia said that he told Scott that it would be best for him to wait to argue about bail until his lawyer, Mooney, had a chance to put together a full one to show the court.
Scott is being kept in the York County Jail until he can pay a cash bail of $250,000. Under certain conditions, he is not allowed to use or have weapons, including guns. He will also be searched and tested at random. He can’t leave Maine, and he can’t talk to two specific people either.
The next time Scott will go to court is on April 26.
Homeland Security Investigations, the Biddeford and Wells police departments, and the U.S. Marshals task force all worked together on the case.