Police identify target of Portland search

Posted July 29, 2011, at 2:30 p.m.
Last modified July 29, 2011, at 6:21 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials say a report of an armed man — dressed in camouflage and described as either homicidal or suicidal — had officers scrambling in Portland, Maine.

Acting Chief Michael Sauschuck says the man was believed to be in woods on the East End, prompting officers to shut down roads and clear a baseball field on Friday. Later there was a report of the man in the Deering neighborhood, before police eventually made an arrest.

Police say the warning came in a call to a crisis hot line that said an Iraq war veteran was despondent over breaking up with his girlfriend.

Investigators eventually zeroed in on Christopher Sanborn of Gorham. Sanborn, who has no known connection to the military, faces charges including filing a false public report.

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