AUGUSTA, Maine — A local man suspected of breaking into a Pike Street residence and assaulting the homeowner with a frying pan-like object has been arrested, according to Augusta police.

Kristopher Russ, 33, was taken into custody shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday by Detective Tori Tracy, according to Augusta Deputy Chief Jared Mills.

Russ is facing charges of robbery, aggravated assault, violating conditions of release, forgery and criminal mischief, Mills said.

A tip from the public enabled police to locate Russ, who had been out on bail on a previous burglary charge and a possession of a firearm by a felon charge.

Russ had been caught in the act of burglary when the homeowner, believed to be around 80 years of age, returned to his residence Monday, and Russ subsequently struck the homeowner several times with a frying pan-like object, according to Mills.

Russ fled the residence with an undisclosed amount of cash. More than 10 Augusta police officials worked together to positively identify Russ as their suspect after tips came in.

Russ was brought to the Kennebec County Jail, where bail was not allowed.

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