LUBEC, Maine — One local man has been arrested and a second is being sought after an early morning home invasion during which the homeowner was restrained and badly beaten.
The victim, who lives on Straight Bay Road, also known as Young’s Point Road, told police that two males entered his home about 1:45 a.m. Thursday. The victim said the men tied him up, held him at gunpoint and beat him severely.
The suspects then took money and medications belonging to the victim and fled the residence. Police said the victim eventually was able to free himself and drive to a neighbor’s home where the authorities were called.
Dylan Lord, 25, of Lubec was arrested later Thursday morning and charged with Class A robbery, Class A burglary and Class A, B and C thefts, according to Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith. Each Class A crime is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Lord is being held at Washington County Jail in Machias with bail set at $100,000 cash. Smith said Lord has previous convictions for burglary and theft. The sheriff said he also recently arrested Lord for violations of conditions of release when Lord tested positive for drugs.
Smith said the investigation is continuing and additional charges of assault and criminal restraint are likely.
Though the second suspect remains at large, Smith said residents should not fear for their safety because the two suspects knew their victim and specifically targeted him.
Smith said that after the victim freed himself and drove to a neighbor’s home, the neighbor notified police and the victim was found by rescue personnel slumped over the wheel of his car. He was taken to Down East Community Hospital in Machias where he remained a patient Thursday. Smith said the victim is being treated for multiple serious injuries including a collapsed lung, bruised ribs and lacerations that required stitches.
The primary investigating officer is Sgt. Thomas Chambers, who was assisted Thursday morning by members of the Maine State Police, Maine Warden Service, Maine Marine Patrol and Downeast Emergency Medical Services.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 255-4422.