James Pearson, 82, died Sunday after police say he was attacked outside his Beech Ridge Road home in Scarborough. He is seen in this 1999 file photo. Credit: CBS 13 | WGME

A Scarborough man died on Sunday after what police have called a “random” attack in his front yard.

James Pearson, 82, was in the front yard of his Beech Ridge Road home about 8:15 a.m. when an unknown person attacked him, according to Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Pearson was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was pronounced dead, McCausland said.

“To have a random act like this is — I’m not going to say unheard of, but it’s rare,” Maine State Police Lt. Mark Holmquist said during a Sunday afternoon press conference at the Scarborough police station, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Police have released few details about the attack, but McCausland said Sunday that residents in the area should remain aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity. Anyone with information can contact the Maine State Police at 624-7076 and the Scarborough Police Department at 883-6361.

The attack remains under investigation.

Pearson was well known around Scarborough, where he ran a Christmas tree farm — Beech Ridge Christmas Tree Farm — on the property where he was attacked, according to CBS affiliate WGME. He also spent many years as a drafting and visual arts teacher at Gorham High School, the TV station reports.