Belfast police seek suspects in drive-by blow-dart case

Posted Sept. 03, 2010, at 9:46 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A Rockport man told police that a group of young men driving by in a car used a blowgun to shoot a blow dart at him Wednesday morning while he was standing outside the Awesome Diner on Main Street.

“It was a drive-by darting,” Belfast Police Department Detective Bryan Cunningham said Friday, adding that it was the first time he had heard of such an attack in the city.

The angry victim told officers that three or so young men were driving by in a powder-blue vehicle at 10:22 a.m. when one used a long blowgun to shoot the 6-inch-long metal dart at him.

The dart did not puncture his skin, Cunningham said. It is now in police possession.

Because the victim was not from Belfast, police do not feel that he was intentionally targeted by the assailants.

“He was just outside having a cigarette” when the incident happened, Cunningham said.

The nearby Belfast Army-Navy Store does sell blowguns and blow darts but hadn’t sold any recently, he said.

According to the nonlethal weapon website protectmefirst.com, blowguns can shoot darts more than 200 feet as fast as 300 feet per second. Darts can easily penetrate a quarter-inch of plywood, according to the website.

Police are looking into the attack and keeping an eye out for three men in their 20s in a powder-blue car.

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