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Sheriff's Department investigates Harpswell home invasion

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Sheriff's Department investigates Harpswell home invasion

HARPSWELL — Police are confident they'll find the man who invaded a Basin Point Road home on Friday, June 11.

According to Chief Deputy Kevin Joyce of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, a young man wearing ski mask and armed with a knife forced his way into the home of a 77-year-old woman last Friday, seeking prescription drugs, including Oxycontin. 

Joyce said the woman was knocked to the floor during the incident, which occurred around 9 p.m. The woman also received a small cut on her finger from the assailant's knife.

According to Capt. Don Goulet, the woman was cut when the assailant attempted to help her from the floor – which police believe is an indication that the attacker knew her.

"If this was a really bad guy, he's not going to help her get up," Goulet said.

Goulet confirmed that the woman is a cancer patient, who in some instances receive care from visiting health-care workers. Goulet said police have suspects. He would not say if the woman was receiving at-home treatment from health-care providers, friends or relatives, but did say police are confident they'll make an arrest soon.

"This is not a random case, this individual was targeted," Goulet said. "We don't believe there's a robber on the loose in town, randomly entering homes."

Police have not identified the victim. Goulet said doing so could make the woman more vulnerable to future attacks.

Goulet also wouldn't say how much Oxycontin or other drugs were stolen.

He said the woman was in bed when the assailant entered her home.

The woman was transported to Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, where she was treated for the laceration.

Sheriff's deputies and officers from the Brunswick Police Department set up a perimeter around the woman's home, which is near the end of Basin Point Road. Officers also used dogs to search the area.

Steve Mistler can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 123 or smistler@theforecaster.net

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