Attempted home invasion investigated in Bangor

Posted Dec. 14, 2010, at 9 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two men knocked on the door of a Newton Street residence Monday night and asked for help, saying their car had broken down. Then one tried to break in while being fought off by the homeowner, police say.

A husband and wife, who were not identified, live in the home, Bangor police Sgt. Chip Hodges said Tuesday. The 911 call was made at around 6 p.m. Monday, he said.

“The call came from her while he was having the altercation with the intruders,” Hodges said.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the two men, who are both described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall. Their approximate ages are not known, but one wore a gray hooded sweatshirt while the other one had on a dark jacket or sweatshirt, Hodges said. One of the men might have been carrying a brown backpack, he said.

The two suspects “told the resident that their car had broken down and they needed to use a telephone,” Hodges said. “When the resident reached inside to get a portable phone, one of the males tried to force his way into the house. The resident was able to fight off the subjects.”

The two men took off on foot.

“There was some minor injury” to the husband, Hodges said. “He was checked at the scene.”

Police say they would like to hear from anyone who saw the two men Monday night in the area of Newton Street, a short street that runs between Spring and Cumberland streets.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7385. The department’s anonymous tip line can be reached by pressing ext. 6.

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