L to R: Derrick Roberts-Poulin and Jordan Roberge
Sanford police arrested two local men on Thursday evening in connection with a robbery and assault on a homeless man early that morning. According to police and press reports, William Southworth, 38, who is unhoused, was stabbed in the back multiple times after two men stole his bicycle near the intersection of Emery Street and Heritage Crossing. Three or four gunshots were also fired, according to witnesses, though no one was hit.
After a day-long investigation, police arrested Derrick Roberts-Poulin and Jordan Roberge, both 21, at 907 Main St. They also collected evidence at the scene, police said. Both men were being held at York County Jail on charges of robbery and elevated aggravated assault.
Southworth was taken to Maine Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition as of Friday afternoon.
After an initial hearing on Friday in York County Superior Court, Judge Matthew Tice set bail at $50,000 for Roberge and $25,000 for Roberts-Poulin. Police said Roberge was suspected of the stabbing. Neither man entered a plea during the hearing. Their next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 10.
According to Maj. Matt Gagné, this case highlights the vulnerability of Sanford’s unhoused population.