Update: The last person held hostage after a home invasion early Monday morning in Livermore Falls has been freed. Read the latest story here.
One person is still being held hostage and multiple agencies continue to be on the scene after an armed man invaded a Livermore Falls home early Monday morning.
The man, who hasn’t been identified, forced his way into a home at 48 Knapp Street at about 5:45 a.m., according to the Sun Journal.
Three people were initially being held hostage, possibly restrained with zip ties, but two managed to escape later in the afternoon, the Sun Journal reported.
The armed suspect was barricaded within the residence and a TAC team was called in to negotiate, according to William Gagne, the deputy chief of the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office.
As of 8:30 p.m., negotiations with the man to release the remaining hostage were still in progress.
“If you let the man go we can guarantee your safety,” the negotiator could be heard saying over a megaphone, the newspaper reported. He has not appeared to have answered, however.
Gagne said Monday that area residences and businesses have also been evacuated out of an abundance of caution.
Emergency personnel are requesting that everyone avoid the area until the situation is resolved.