Police investigate report of gunman near credit union


LEWISTON — Afternoon banking was disrupted Friday when a man burst into Rainbow Federal Credit union and declared he was being chased by another man with a gun.

Police swarmed on the neighborhood near Holland and Main streets at about 4:30 p.m. after a report came in that a man with a gun might be in the area.

Customers who had been inside the credit union said the incident caused confusion inside the business, but it did not appear anyone was hurt.

The credit union was not required to close as police investigated. Customers came and went as four police cruisers jammed the parking lot.

Roughly a half-hour after the incident was first reported, police stopped a woman driving on Holland Street and questioned her about her potential involvement. Also questioned was another man who had been riding in that woman’s car, police said.

The alleged victim told police that the man in that car, a Honda Civic, was the one who had chased him, according to police Sgt. Brian O’Malley. Police searched the car, but no gun was found.

O’Malley said the man who claimed he was chased later decided he did not want to pursue charges or provide police with any more information.

Police said that man and the couple in the Honda are acquaintances.

No arrests were made. The investigation was continuing Friday night.