Clerk assaulted behind store

By Gail Geraghty

Staff Writer

Bridgton Police are still searching for two men who assaulted a male clerk with a sharp object in the early hours of Sept. 8 behind the Big Apple on Main Street.

Police Chief Kevin Schofield said the clerk, who is in his mid-20s, encountered two men sitting on the stone wall behind the store at 2:45 a.m., as he was emptying trash in the dumpster. The men appeared intoxicated and began swearing when the clerk told them to leave the property, Schofield said.

“At some point, one of the males swung an unknown sharp object at the clerk, causing a tear in his shirt and scratches and abrasions on his torso,” Schofield said. United Ambulance responded, but no hospital transport was necessary. “He suffered a significant scratch, ” Schofield said.

Initially the call came in as a knife assault, but Schofield said police aren’t sure what object was used. The men then fled on foot.

Officer Josh Muise responded to the call, and a K-9 team from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department was called in to attempt to track the suspects. The search was unsuccessful.

The men were described as Caucasian, both around 25 to 30 years old. The man who used the sharp object was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. The other man, wearing shorts and a T-shirt, had his hair styled in a short buzz cut, stood around  5’10” and weighed around 150 pounds.

Anyone who may have any information pertaining to this case is asked to contact Officer Josh Muise of the Bridgton Police Department at 647-8815.

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