BIDDEFORD, Maine — Three young men have been arrested after what Biddeford police described as a “violent assault” that appears to have been racially motivated.
Deputy Chief JoAnne W. Fisk said police responded to a 911 call at the Sleepy Hollow Motel, 297 Elm St., around 2 a.m. Saturday.
When officers arrived, they found a 27-year-old man who had been beaten. He was taken to Maine Medical Center with a serious head injury that did not appear to be life-threatening.
According to police, four or five men went to the motel and used a baseball bat to smash a 6-foot picture window to the victim’s room. Inside were the man, who is black, a woman and a small child.
The woman ran to the child, who was covered in glass but not injured. As the man opened the door, he was jumped by several men brandishing baseball bats and clubs.
They struck the victim in the head several times, police said.
In a news release, Fisk said that “throughout the violent assault the assailants repeatedly yelled ethnic slurs” and many other racial taunts.
Fisk said three people have been arrested, and two others may be charged. The three suspects are being held on felony charges at the York County Jail.
Police said Dale M. Pinkham, 20, of Old Orchard Beach was charged with disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon (brass knuckles) and aggravated assault.
Darren Crawford, 20, of Biddeford was charged with elevated aggravated assault.
Michael Gagne, 18, of Old Orchard Beach was charged with aggravated assault, police said.
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