CORINTH – Maine State Police were searching Tuesday afternoon for a man who broke into a home and threatened two teenagers with a screwdriver before tying them up and ransacking the premises.
“What [the teens] told me happened was just around 9 a.m., a white male kicked in the door of the trailer and threatened them with a screwdriver and bound them and then went through the residence,” Trooper Michael Johnston said. “Once they were bound, the man went through the house and then left.”
The mobile home is located on Route 15.
The culprit is described as being in his late teens to early 30s wearing green military fatigues, a dark hood and black boots. He apparently looked through the medicine cabinet of the dwelling but did not take anything including firearms located in the home.
“We think it was motivated by drugs,” said Johnston.
The teens, ages 14 and 15, escaped their bonds and ran to a neighbor’s home to call for help.
A complete inventory of the home was being conducted by police and a manhunt was under way for the suspect as darkness fell Tuesday.
“Trooper Perry Meserve responded with his K-9 Semper,” Johnston said. “They picked up the scent of the suspect and ended up losing it. We also had assistance from the Maine Warden Service.”
One warden searched the area on foot and another searched using an airplane.
“We also heard from area residents that they’ve seen a man fitting the description in the area,” said Johnston. “I would urge anybody living in the area to contact law enforcement if they spot the suspect.”
Anyone with information about the crime or the suspect can contact the Penobscot Country Sheriff’s Department at 947-4585 or the State Police barracks in Orono at 866-2121.