Portland police searching for man who allegedly threatened, hit baseball card shop owner

Posted April 08, 2013, at 4:59 p.m.
Last modified April 08, 2013, at 8:42 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police are on the lookout for a man they say entered a baseball card shop Monday, then threatened and struck the store’s owner.

According to a Portland Police Department announcement Monday afternoon, the incident took place at Don’s Baseball Card Center at 578 Brighton Ave. at approximately 10:45 a.m. The police have characterized the incident as a robbery attempt.

“The [store owner] struggled with the suspect, believing he was being robbed,” said Portland Police Lt. Scott Pelletier in the news release. “The victim was struck on the head several times by the suspect before the suspect fled without anything.” The victim suffered cuts to his head, Pelletier added.

The suspect was described by police as a white male in his 30s, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing between 150 and 180 pounds. The man had brown hair and was wearing a light-colored shirt and jeans at the time of the alleged crime. Witnesses reported seeing him flee the scene in an older model gray Subaru Legacy station wagon driven by a white woman with dirty blond hair tied up in a ponytail, according to police.

The station wagon had a roof rack and a partial Maine plate number of 774 Y.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the department at 874-8533, or provide an anonymous tip through the phone number 874-8584, the website portland-police.com, or by texting the keyword “GOTCHA” along with the message to 274637.

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