Portland, Maine: Neighborhood on alert for man who violently broke into one home, tried to enter another

PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER Maine) — Police in Portland are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who forced his way into a woman’s home and then assaulted her and tried to force his way into another home in the same neighborhood.

Police believe the man is the same person even though the break ins happened weeks apart.

On November 15, around 6 p.m., a woman was assaulted in her Woodford Street apartment. Police say the woman was opening her door when a man forced her into the apartment and assaulted her. The woman recognized her attacker as a man she had encountered earlier on Hartley Street.

Police say the man is white, in his 30s with a pasty complexion and patchy, brown beard. He is 5′ 10″ with a slim build. Police say the man was wearing a New England Patriots blue knit cap, a puffy jacket (gray or blue) and blue jeans.

On December 4, around 5:30 p.m., a man had a physical altercation with a man who was trying to break into his home through a window on Highland Street. The man ran down the road to Brighton Avenue.

Police say the suspect in this case was described as a white man, 6’ in his 30s with a pale complexion and dark facial hair. He was wearing glasses and dressed in dark clothing including a hoodie, and believed to be on drugs.

Police believe the suspect is the same man in both cases because of the similarities in the descriptions and the proximity of the incidents.

Police are reminding Portland residents that even though “Portland remains a safe city” they should be aware of surroundings, keep exterior and an interior lights on, scan the area before leaving your car, keep an eye out for your neighbors’ homes, be alert while walking, if possible don’t walk alone, and always report suspicious behavior to the police.

If anyone has any information that would help solve these crimes they are being asked to contact the Portland Police Department at (207) 874-8575.