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Portland police ask for public's help after two people assaulted

Portland police are asking for the public’s help after two people were assaulted in the Deering Highlands neighborhood. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Portland police are asking for the public’s help after two people were assaulted in the Deering Highlands neighborhood.

Police say the latest attack happened when a resident of Highland Street found a man trying to force his way into his house through a window. The man was confronted by the home owner and ran off.

Police say that the incident is similar to something that happened last month.

Portland police say on November 15, a woman was assaulted on the same street after she opened her door and a man forced himself inside the home.

The woman reported to police that it was the same man she briefly spoke to on a street half a mile away, and she believes he followed her home.

Police say that this is an example of why everyone should pay attention when in public.

"Make sure you're paying attention to what's occurring around you,” Lt. Robert Martin said. “This day with cell phones and other distractions, you might miss something that is really important to saving your life."

Police say the man is described as mid-30s, white, with a dark colored beard around 6 feet tall. They say anyone with information is encouraged to call police.

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