LEWISTON – A man was tied up in his trailer and robbed at gun-point Monday night by two men who burst into the home seeking contents to a safe, police said.

One of the suspects was described as wearing a sheriff’s department jacket when he entered the home at about 6:15 p.m.

The victim, a 49-year-old who lives in a trailer park at Lisbon and Pleasant streets, was being examined for problems with his blood pressure following the ordeal. He was otherwise unharmed.

Police in area cities and towns were notified to be on the lookout for a purple sport utility vehicle the suspects are believed to have fled in.

Maine State Police were watching for the vehicle on the Interstate minutes after the robbery was reported. The trailer park where the victim lives is located less than a quarter mile from the Interstate on-ramp along Lisbon Street.

Police did not say what was taken in the stickup. The victim told police the two men ordered him to sit down and then tied him up. The men then grabbed a safe kept in the trailer while one of the suspects aimed a 9 mm handgun at the homeowner, police said.

The victim was able to free himself and call police after the suspects fled, police said.

A neighbor said the suspects burst into the trailer only minutes after the victim’s mother left the home to go play Bingo. Another neighbor reported seeing the purple vehicle being driven out of the trailer park minutes before the robbery was reported.

Police who responded to the trailer park secured the building where the robbery occurred while others searched the area for the suspects.

Lisbon police were watching their end of Route 196 in case the suspects fled in that direction following the heist.

The victim described one of the suspects as wearing a sheriff’s department coat and another as wearing an orange hat. Investigators were looking into possible leads based on the description of the suspect, police said.

The contents of the safe targeted in the robbery were not disclosed. Neighbors said the victim is out of work on disability.

Lewiston police detectives went to the scene to collect any evidence inside or around the building. Emergency paramedics were called to examine the victim, who takes medication for blood pressure. He did not require hospital treatment.

Police said there was no indication the victim of the robbery is acquainted with the suspects. No arrests had been made by late Monday night.



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