Gunshot fired during armed home invasion in Portland, police say

Posted July 21, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police are searching for two men they say broke into an apartment on Sunday night brandishing firearms and demanding money.

According to a Monday afternoon announcement by Lt. James Sweatt of the Portland Police Department, the two men entered the unit at 66 Smith St. at around 9:30 p.m. on July 20. The men were armed with handguns, and the apartment was occupied by four adults and three children, Sweatt said.

“One gunshot was fired during the robbery,” Sweatt said in his announcement. “No one was injured; a bullet struck the door of another apartment in the building. The perpetrators fled on foot without taking any money.”

Police describe the perpetrators as black men in their 20s, between 5-foot-7-inches and 5-foot-11-inches tall. One man was described as being bald, while the other had either cornrows or dreadlocks, Sweatt said.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact the Portland police at 874-8533.

Anonymous tips can be left for the department by texting the keyword “GOTCHA,” plus a message, to 274637, by calling 874-8584 or by going to www.portland-police.com online.

 

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