FORT KENT, Maine — Fort Kent police spent Tuesday afternoon seeking a suspect who is believed to have assaulted a resident with a tire iron in the early morning hours.
Fort Kent Police Chief Kenneth Michaud said the incident took place just before 2 a.m. in Brookside Park.
According to the chief, the victim was outside when a male began shouting at him from a short distance away. The victim knew the individual, according to Michaud.
The victim requested that the man come closer in order to speak to him. During the conversation, the assailant brandished a tire iron and struck the victim several times on the head.
The victim fell to the ground, and the assailant then ran a short distance to a vehicle in another yard and began smashing the hood, windshield and windows, according to Michaud. The vehicle, which did not belong to the victim, had extensive damage.
“He really demolished it,” Michaud said.
The assailant then fled the scene.
The victim was taken by Fort Kent Ambulance to Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent. He received 16 stitches in his head and was released from the hospital later that morning.
The chief said police have contacted the suspect and are preparing to interview him.
The suspect could face charges of criminal mischief and aggravated assault.