AUGUSTA – As a result of an investigation led by the Franklin County Criminal Investigation Division, State Police, Augusta Police, and both Kennebec County and Lincoln County investigators, police located and arrested Stephen Dingus, 31; his uncle, James Dingus, also 31; and Chantal Wells, 22, all of Augusta.
All three are named as suspects in the Nov. 11 home invasion in Chesterville, where a young girl was home alone at the time of the incursion. Officers executed a search warrant at a residence on Gage Street in Augusta regarding the Franklin County charges, as well as crimes committed in Kennebec and Lincoln Counties.
All three suspects have been transferred to Kennebec County jail. The suspects were arrested at different locations in the Augusta area.
State Troopers Elisha Fowlie and Adam McNaughton located James Dingus walking on Gage Street in Augusta and took him into custody. Dingus, and his brother Stephen Dingus were both wanted out of Franklin County for that home invasion.
With assistance from Augusta Police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Steven Dingus was located in an apartment on State Street in Augusta a short time later. He jumped from a second story window, attempting to avoid arrest. State Police Lt. Shaun Currie saw Dingus jump and took him into custody as he landed on the ground.
Detectives from Lincoln and Franklin counties, along with State Police, conducted the search of their apartment at 37 Gage Street. Their car, a 1998 maroon Chevy Lumina, was also seized.