Incident Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Incident Time: 3pm
Incident Location: Chadbourne Road Standish
Release Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Release Time: 3:45pm
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported home invasion that occurred at a family residence on Chadbourne Rd in Standish. At the time of this incident, three girls (ages 10-17) were outside the home and reported seeing a male lurking in the woods nearby. Frightened at the man’s presence, the girls quickly entered the home and locked themselves in a bedroom. No parent was home at the time. A short time later, the girls could hear footsteps inside the home and they immediately phoned their mother to report what was happening. The mother called 911, along with a neighbor for help. Upon the neighbor’s arrival, the girls heard the suspect flee from the home.
Police arrived shortly after and conducted an investigation. They were unable to locate the suspect and the case has been turned over to detectives. Investigators are evaluating possible evidence left at the scene, along with conducting additional interviews. Although the girls were extremely frightened by this incident, there was no confrontation with the suspect and the girls were uninjured.
The suspect is described as late teens to early 20’s, brown hair worn “spiked”, wearing a long orange/brown sweatshirt. The suspect was either wearing no pants or was wearing shorts that were covered by his long sweatshirt.
Detectives are also investigating whether an incident reported on Friday night on Fort Hill Rd in Gorham is related. The circumstances surrounding this case do not specifically involve children, however, police are trying to determine whether there is any connection.
At this time, this incident remains under investigation. Currently, the Sheriff’s Office has NO information to believe the public is in danger, however, homeowners are always encouraged to remain vigilant and to report suspicious persons in their neighborhoods. Law enforcement’s greatest partner in these cases are alert community members. Parents are also encouraged to discuss with their children the concept of “stranger danger” so they can take appropriate actions to protect themselves like these young girls did.
Should further information develop which places the community in danger, a subsequent notification will be made.
If you have information about this case or other similar cases, please contact the CCCSO at 207-893-2810
Media Release Prepared and Released by:
Captain Donald Foss
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
(207) 774- 1444 ext 2112