Woodland man charged in Sept. 22 break-in

12 years ago

By Lisa Wilcox
Staff Writer

WOODLAND — Mark Crouch, 36, of Woodland has been charged in connection with a Sept. 22 break-in that sent him to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Aroostook County Sheriff James Madore confirmed that Crouch was arrested after his release from the hospital on Sept. 28. Crouch is facing charges of aggravated criminal mischief, a Class C felony; assault, a Class C felony; and criminal mischief, a Class D misdemeanor, according to Madore.

Madore had confirmed previously that the altercation took place at a New Sweden Road residence in the early-morning hours on Sept. 22. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a homeowner in Woodland called 911 to report that someone had kicked in the door to his home. That person, now identified as Crouch, then reportedly entered the home and was shot.

 

Madore could not comment on the type of firearm used, the nature of the injuries or who fired the shots. Officials have not released the name of the homeowner or that individual’s involvement in the shooting.

“Our detectives discussed the case with the district attorney and agreed it is in the best interest of the case to keep this information confidential for now,” Madore commented. “We are still investigating and we still have more interviews to conduct. Up until now, we did not have enough to charge him,” Madore continued, referring to Crouch.

After the shooting, Crouch was taken to Cary Medical Center in Caribou, then to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he remained until Sept. 28. After his arrest, Crouch was able to post bail and, according to Madore, is recovering from his gunshot wounds at his residence. There are numerous restrictions connected to Crouch’s bail, including orders to stay away from certain individuals, but Madore could not provide additional details.

Since the shooting, rumors have been rampant in the community. Residents have identified the homeowner, who is believed to be the shooter, but officials have not released the name. It is rumored that Crouch and the homeowner know each other.

“I heard that the homeowner was jarred awake by the guy breaking in and there was a struggle inside the home,” one woman who chose to remain anonymous told the Bangor Daily News. “The day before that, I also heard that the homeowner and the suspect knew each other. It’s crazy.”

Detective Ross McQuade, working with the Aroostook District Attorney’s Office, is investigating the case. Crouch is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Nov. 6 in Caribou District Court.