Portland police arrest 2 in series of assaults

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PORTLAND — Police have arrested two men who allegedly assaulted several people downtown Monday night.

David Brochu, 22, of Windham, and Christopher Conley, 22, of Portland, were arrested early Tuesday morning on charges of assault and robbery. Brochu was also charged with terrorizing, and Conley was charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

The two men, and a third accomplice who police had not arrested as of Tuesday afternoon, allegedly left a trail of harassment and assault reports starting around 11:40 p.m. Monday at the corner of Franklin and Congress streets.

Police Lt. Gary Rogers said Ben Chipman – a candidate for the state Legislature – reported being approached by three men. One reportedly took a swing at him and missed, and Chipman ran away.

Shortly after that, at the corner of Spring and Center streets, three men approached another lone male, harassed him and cornered him against the Cumberland County Civic Center. As he attempted to walk away they attacked him from behind. He was not seriously injured.

Police believe that part of that attack was witnessed by another man, who was at the corner of Free and Center streets. When that man attempted to walk past the three bullies, they started asking him for his phone. They followed him to a parking lot on Brown Street, then punched him in the face and grabbed his backpack.

After that attack, a man walking on Congress Street with a woman reported being approached by three men and punched in the face by one of them.

At about 12:25 a.m., police officers stopped two men on Congress Street who matched the description of the suspects. While interviewing them, the man who was allegedly punched in the Margarita’s parking lot arrived and identified them as the assailants.

The third suspect is described as a heavy-set white man. He was wearing jeans and a top with a hood.

Police asked anyone with information to call 874-8575.

Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or kbucklin@theforecaster.net