Police charge 4 men with terrorizing after alleged armed break-in at Gray home

Posted Sept. 12, 2013, at 10:36 a.m.
Scott Lombardi
Scott Lombardi
Andrew Thorne
Andrew Thorne
Michael Maietta
Michael Maietta
Joseph Nightingale
Joseph Nightingale

GRAY, Maine — Four men were arrested Wednesday night after police say they attempted to break into a Gray home while one of them wielded a handgun.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputies responded at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday to a Forest Lake Road residence after a male homeowner called 911 to report that several people were attempting to force their way into his home, Capt. Don Goulet of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

The homeowner reported that one of the subjects was armed with a handgun.

Four men, from several area towns, allegedly attempted to kick in a door and disable power to the home, but were unable to get into the residence, Goulet said. They then fled in a waiting vehicle.

Cumberland police intercepted the car, and Falmouth police provided backup.

The homeowner was not injured. Police say he knew the perpetrators. Investigators are working to corroborate their suspicion that the attempted break-in occurred as retaliation for a physical altercation at the Portland Eagles Club over the weekend, according to Goulet.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested 49-year-old Andrew Thorne of Portland and charged him with Class C terrorizing. Goulet said Thorne allegedly wielded the gun.

Charged with Class D terrorizing were Scott Lombardi, 58, of Portland; Michael Maietta, 58, of South Portland; and Joseph Nightingale, 61, of Falmouth.

Thorne was released from Cumberland County Jail on $300 cash bail. The other three men each were released from the jail on $150 cash bail.

They are scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 19.

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