UPDATE: Cumberland woman uses gun to scare off attacker in Portland

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PORTLAND — Police on Monday said a Cumberland woman repulsed an armed attacker last week when she pulled a gun on the suspect.

It was the third report of a violent crime in the city in less than a week. The other two incidents remain unsolved.

Lt. James Sweatt said the 35-year-old woman was approached around 2:45 p.m. on June 5 by a man in a Gilman Street parking lot, near Maine Medical Center.

The woman reported the suspect demanded money and threatened her with a knife. She told him she didn’t have any, then retrieved a handgun from her car, pointed it at the suspect and told him to leave her alone. Sweatt said he then fled.

Police are looking for a black man, between 20 and 30 years old and 5 feet 9 inches tall, who has a goatee and short, buzz-style haircut. He was wearing black jeans, a blue T-shirt and black hoodie, Sweatt said.

The other incidents took place in the West End and Bayside.

Acting Police Chief Vern Malloch on June 2 said a 23-year-old woman was reportedly dragged into an alley off Clark and Pine streets around 12:30 a.m. on May 31 by an attacker he described as “a Hispanic or light-skinned black man.”

In a press release, Malloch said the suspect allegedly ordered the woman to take off her clothes, but quickly fled for an unknown reason, taking the woman’s purse. The victim had injuries to her face, neck and arms, but did not require hospitalization, he said.

The suspect was described as about 6 feet tall, with very short dark hair, a medium build, and wearing a baseball cap.

On June 2 at about 12:30 p.m., police responded to a report of a robbery near Lancaster and Chestnut streets in Bayside. Lt. James Sweatt said a 43-year-old Portland man was allegedly approached by a black man who struck him in the stomach and took cash.

After the robbery, Sweatt said in a press release, the victim discovered blood on his clothing and a laceration. He was taken to a hospital and later released.

Sweatt said the suspect was described as about 30 years old, 6 feet tall, with slender build. He had dreadlocks and was wearing a black hoodie with white lettering, and black pants.

Police asked anyone with information on the incidents to call 874-8533 or 874-8584. Anonymous tips can also be made at portland-police.com, or by texting 274637. Texted tips should use the keyword “GOTCHA.”

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.