By Lisa Redmond

MediaNews

LOWELL -- A 35-year-old former Lowell man featured on the state's Most Wanted list after being on the run for nearly two years is being held on bail after he was arrested hiding in a Pepperell home, where police were probing the death of a baby.

Pepperell police responded Friday to a Mill Street home investigating the death of a baby at the home. They returned later in the day based on information that Raymond Robarge, of 26 Mill St., Unit A, Pepperell, was hiding in the home.

Robarge's arrest is not connected to the baby's death, police say. The Middlesex District Attorney's Office is probing the death. No further information on the death is available at this time.

In Lowell District Court Monday, Robarge pleaded not guilty to a warrant on charges of aggravated assault and battery for a 2012 bar fight in Lowell.

Prosecutor Rachel Perlman said Lowell police charged Robarge following a fight in a local bar where Robarge allegedly "sucker-punched" the victim, breaking the bone around his eye. Perlman said there was significant bruising and injuries to the victim's face.

In February 2012, soon after the bar incident, Robarge, who has a lengthy criminal record, defaulted on a Superior Court case in which he is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and other charges.

While Perlman sought $10,000 cash bail, Lowell District Court Judge Thomas Brennan set bail at $2,500 with conditions that Robarge stay away from and have no contact with the victim.


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Robarge was transported from District Court to Superior Court to face a bail hearing in that case.