GARDINER — A man who lives on Brunswick Avenue was attacked Monday evening in his home by a stranger who fled on a skateboard, police say.

The homeowner had been checking his basement for evidence of flooding shortly before 7 p.m. when he was confronted by a person in his basement, Gardiner Police Sgt. Alonzo Connor said Tuesday.

During an apparent altercation, the resident received a head injury and possible broken ribs before the person fled.

Police were called to the address on a report of an ongoing burglary and assault, but a preliminary sweep of the area turned up no suspects.

Connor said the homeowner was able to provide only a general description of the assailant — that the person was about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with long hair coming out from under a beanie, and wearing a black jacket or shirt.

No other information on the sex or race of the suspect was provided.

The Maine State Police were contacted to bring a police dog for a search, but Connor said it was unable to track the suspect or indicate the direction in which the person fled.

The incident took place on Brunswick Avenue near Pierce Street, which is close to the Laura E. Richards elementary school.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen something unusual in that area or captured something on video to contact Officer Kaleb Marston at 207-624-7076 ext. 9.

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