June 25, 2018
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Portland police seek man who allegedly attacked and threatened former girlfriend with handgun

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Michael Thurston
By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police are searching for a Westbrook man they say attacked a former girlfriend and threatened her with a handgun at the city’s Trolley Park Thursday.

Police said in a Thursday afternoon announcement that warrants have been issued for Michael Thurston, 49, on charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, assault, violation of a protection from abuse order and violation of bail.

According to police, Thurston perpetrated the attack in the park on Riverside Street, near Forest Avenue, around 6:20 a.m. Thursday.

The victim was treated at the scene for injuries sustained from the assault after Thurston allegedly fled the area in a black Ford Focus. The car had Maine registration plates with the number 6563 RN.

Thurston is described as a white male standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. Police are urging members of the public to contact law enforcement immediately if Thurston or his vehicle are observed, and for people to “avoid any contact” with him.

Members of the public who see Thurston can reach the Portland police at 874-8533 or leave anonymous tips at 874-8584, through the department website www.portland-police.com, or by texting the keyword “GOTCHA” plus a message to 274637.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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