Names of Victims Released & Detailed Account of Manhunt and Arrest In Northern Maine
The names and ages of the wounded and deceased have been released in connection to the manhunt and arrest of 35-year-old Anthony Lord in northern Maine on Friday.
According to Public Safety Department spokesman, Stephen McCausland, the deceased are 58-year-old Kevin Tozier of Lee, who was shot at a woodlot in Lee, and 22-year-old Kyle Hewitt of Caribou, who was shot at the Irish home in Benedicta. Kyle was the boyfriend of kidnap victim Brittany Irish.
Wounded in the shootings are 55-year-old Kim Irish at her home in Benedicta (Brittany Irish’s mother); Carlton Eddy of Benedicta who was shot while driving in his pickup truck near the Irish home, and 54-year-old Clayton McCarthy of Mattawamkeag who was shot at the woodlot at Lee. The three are being treated for gunshot wounds and are expected to survive.
Kary Mayo of Silver Ridge Township was assaulted inside his home, McCausland said.
The kidnap victim is 22-year-old Brittany Irish of Benedicta, who was with Lord in Houlton when he was taken into custody at Lord’s uncle’s home.
Lord is charged with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping, say police. Additional charges will likely be added later. Lord will be held this weekend at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton and make his first court appearance Monday or Tuesday. The time and location will be determined next week.
Police say a pulp truck, taken from the woodlot in Lee was located late Friday afternoon in Haynesville.
A team of State Police detectives and evidence technicians will work throughout the weekend at the several crime scenes. The two bodies will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for autopsies.
Additional Information and details of the manhunt from State Police Lt. Sean Hashey:
Law enforcement responded to a series of incidents that began late Thursday evening and ended with the shooting of 5 people and the beating of another man. Two men were shot and killed and two other men and a woman were shot and are being treated for their injuries. The shootings took place in several towns including Benedicta and Lee.
The suspect is 35-year-old Anthony Lord from Crystal and Sherman. He is described as 5’9”, 260 lbs, blond hair & blue eyes. Lord is currently in police custody.
Shortly after 8:30 Thursday evening, a call came in of a barn on fire beside a residence on the Aroostook Road in Benedicta. The residence is the home of Brittany Irish and her parents. The Fire Marshal’s office is currently in the process of evaluating that fire scene.
Early Friday, at about 4:40 a.m., a residence in Silver Ridge Township was broken into. A male at this residence was tied up and assaulted. Guns and a pickup truck were stolen from the residence, according to police.
Shortly after 4:50 a.m., there were several windows and a door shot out of his residence in Benedicta.
Approximately 25 minutes later, a call was received from the residence where the barn was burnt in Benedicta. Law enforcement responded and a male and female were found shot inside the residence; the male was lifeflighted to the hospital where he died. Lord was believed to have left the scene along with a 21-year-old female identified as Brittany Irish of Benedicta. Lord is known to Irish, police said.
At about the same time, a report was received from a man that was driving by the fire scene. He reported that he was turning around in the driveway when the side window of his vehicle had been shot out and he had been struck in the shoulder with a bullet.
Police were looking for the suspect and stolen pickup truck when it was spotted by an East Millinocket police officer at about 5:50 Friday morning. The truck fled when the officer tried to stop it, and a high speed pursuit ensued. During the pursuit the suspect was firing shots from the truck at the officer, but the officer was not injured. The truck also struck several vehicles as it attempted to elude the officer. The police continued to pursue but ended up losing sight of the vehicle on Route157 in the Crystal area.
Police were searching the area for the truck when they received a report about a half hour later of a shooting at a woodlot on the Winn Road in Lee. Two men were shot while working at the woodlot, one of the men has since died.
A wood truck was reported stolen from that scene and was seen leaving the area. Law enforcement officers from the State Police, Penobscot County Sheriff's Office, Aroostook County Sheriff's Office, Maine Warden Service, Forestry Service as well as East Millinocket PD, Lincoln PD, Border Patrol and other Federal Agencies assisted with the search and apprehension.
On Friday afternoon, Anthony Lord and Brittany Irish were located in Houlton at a relative’s house and Lord was taken into custody without incident. Lord was interviewed by State Police detectives and transported to the Aroostook County Jail. Lord will initially be charged with 2 counts of Murder. He will likely be charged with more crimes as the investigation is completed. Lord has a criminal history and is on the Maine Registered Sex Offender list.
Law enforcement wants to recognize the amount of help that the public has given during this search. We have received numerous tips and information that has been a significant help. If the public has any further information please contact the Maine State Police in Bangor at 973-3700.
There is still a significant amount of work to be completed in this case as the crime scenes are spread across a large geographic area. A team of detectives and evidence technicians will be working over the next several days to bring this case together.