PORTLAND (WGME) -- Portland police are asking residents to be alert after a man forced his way into a woman’s home and assaulted her. He then tried to break into a man’s home in the same neighborhood.
On November 15 around 6 p.m., police said a woman was assaulted in her Woodford Street apartment.
She was opening the door when a man forced her into the apartment and assaulted her, according to police.
Police said the suspect resembled a man she had encountered earlier on Hartley Street.
Police described the man as white and in his 30’s with a pasty complexion and patchy brown beard.
He was 5'10" with a slim build. He was wearing a New England Patriots blue knit cap, a puffy jacket (gray or blue), and blue jeans.
Police said this incident was reported to police on December 1 and has been under active investigation.
Then on December 4 around 5:30 p.m., a man who lives on Highland Street found someone trying to force their way into his home through a window.
He confronted the suspect and when the subject approached him in a threatening manner, a brief physical altercation occurred, according to police.
The suspect fled down Highland Street to Brighton Avenue where the victim lost sight of him.
Police said this suspect was described as a white man, 6,’ in his 30’s with a pale complexion and dark facial hair.
The man was wearing glasses and dressed in dark clothing including a hoodie.
The victim told police he believed the suspect was under the influence of drugs.
Because of the proximity between these two crimes, and the similarities in the suspect descriptions, police are asking residents in these neighborhoods to be extra cautious.
They are reminding residents to be aware of your surroundings, keep exterior and an interior light on, scan the area before leaving your car, keep an eye out for your neighbor’s homes, be alert while walking, if possible, don’t walk alone, and always report suspicious behavior to the police.
If anyone has any information, please call the Portland Police Department at (207) 874-8575.
The Portland Police Department offers Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) to members of the community. R.A.D. training is a self-defense program geared toward realistic options for women in these types of attacks. For more information on this program you can call (207) 874-8643 or email: ppdrad@PortlandMaine.gov.