Elderly Poland man tries to fight off burglars

Posted Aug. 24, 2013, at 3:50 p.m.

A 71-year-old Poland man brandished a handgun and tried to fight off two men who broke into his mobile home early Saturday morning, police say, but he was overpowered and the intruders took off with the gun, clothes, drugs and other items.

Police say two men broke into the 21 Julie Street home of Ronald St. Pierre around 5 a.m., entering through a window while St. Pierre was asleep. St. Pierre woke and ordered the men to leave. Police say the elderly man retrieved his handgun in an attempt to get the men to leave, but the two overpowered him.

The gun went off during the struggle, but it appeared no one was shot.

The men fled the mobile home with several items, including the loaded, silver .44 Magnum revolver with a long barrel.

St. Pierre was taken to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, where he is listed in stable condition.

Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public to call with any information about the incident. That number is 753-2599.

One man was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and one was wearing a black or dark blue hooded sweatshirt. No other description was available Saturday.

 

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