Hampden police seek man in alleged knife incident

Posted March 08, 2011, at 12:01 a.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Police are seeking information they hope will lead them to a man who allegedly forced a Hampden woman to drive him to an intersection in Brooks on Sunday night.

The incident began about 9:15 p.m., when the woman pulled her vehicle over to the side of Route 1A.

A man who was on the side of the road climbed into her vehicle, produced a knife and ordered her to drive him to Brooks, where he got out and left on foot, Hampden police Sgt. Dan Stewart said in a news release issued Monday afternoon along with a composite sketch of the suspect.

Hampden police Sgt. Chris Bailey said Monday that the woman pulled over because she thought she recognized the man.

After dropping off the man, the woman called police in Waldo County, who scoured the area but were unable to locate him, Bailey said.

The woman, who was not injured in the incident, described the man as a white male with light brown hair, about 6 feet tall, thinly built and weighing 140 to 150 pounds. The woman said the man was unshaven and dressed in a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans, L.L. Bean-type boots and appeared to be in his mid-20s. She also said he had a small plug earring in his left ear.

The Police Department had received some leads after releasing the information, but none had led to an arrest as of late Monday night, Bailey said. The incident remains under investigation, he said.

Anyone with information about the incident or who recognizes the person depicted in the sketch is urged to call the Hampden Police Department at 862-4000.