Two teenagers were arrested Monday after they allegedly broke into a home on Barberry Creek Road in South Portland and assaulted the residents with baseball bats.

Two victims, a male and female, were taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where they were treated for injuries that South Portland police described as serious but not life-threatening. Police did not give their ages.

South Portland police said the victims knew the attackers. Detective Scott Corbett said the motive for the attack remains under investigation.

Amanual Halefom

Arrested were 18-year-old Amanual Halefom of Portland and a 16-year-old boy, according to a news release from Corbett.

Halefom was charged with robbery, theft, elevated aggravated assault, possession of crack cocaine and refusing to submit to arrest. He was being held Monday evening at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland on $50,000 cash bail, according to a jail intake worker.

The boy was being held Monday at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland on a warrant. More charges are expected to be filed against the him.

The intruders broke into an apartment around 11:54 a.m. Monday, police reported. Barberry Creek Road is located off Broadway in the Pleasantdale neighborhood.

The attackers fled just before the arrival of police officers, and the two suspects were arrested after a brief foot chase.


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