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State police: Same suspect in Scarborough, Freeport and West Bath attacks

State Police say Quinton Hanna is responsible for the fatal attack in Scarborough, stabbing in Freeport, and assault and car theft in West Bath.

MAINE, Maine — State and Scarborough Police say the weekend attacks in Scarborough, Freeport and West Bath all appear to be connected. Quinton Hanna, 22, is believed to be the alleged attacker in all three instances.

State Police arrested Hanna from Two Bridges Regional Jail on Tuesday morning. Hanna remains at Two Bridges as of Tuesday afternoon. State Police say he will eventually be moved, but that will be determined at a later date.  

Police held a press conference early Tuesday afternoon to update reporters about several weekend attacks, including the fatal attack of 82-year-old James Pearson of Scarborough. 

Police say the series of attacks started around 8 p.m. on Saturday when Hanna allegedly stabbed a 68-year-old man at his home on 96 Wardtown Rd. in Freeport.

The victim reported that he was not expecting a visitor that night, and that he greeted the suspect on his front porch. The victim said the suspect asked if this was where someone lived (the man couldn't remember the name).

When the man answered no, police said the suspect stepped forward and stabbed the man twice in the chest.

The man reported that he fell back into his foyer, thinking he had been stabbed with a pen. However, Police said the man looked under his shirt, saw the wound, and realized he has been stabbed with a knife.

The victim was injured, but survived the attack. He was treated at a hospital and has since been released. 

Police believe Hanna traveled in a 2013 silver Subaru Outback to Scarborough. 

Around twelve hours later at 8 a.m., Police say it appears Hanna stabbed James Pearson in the front yard of his Scarborough home. Pearson lived at 193 Beech Ridge Road in Scarborough.

Scarborough Police say Pearson's wife was home at the time of the attack and that his daughter, Mary, rushed home as soon as she was notified that something was wrong. Pearson was also able to briefly communicate with Mary, before he was taken to the hospital, saying something along the lines of "he punched me." When she asked who, he indicated he didn't know.

Police said Mary Pearson noticed Jim's t-shirt (which was under a flannel shirt) was soaked in blood. Mary told Police she ripped Jim's shirt open and saw two distinct stab wounds, to which she started applying pressure. Police said she reported that her father stopped breathing, started frothing at the mouth, and became cold to the touch. 

Jim Pearson was later transported to the hospital, where he officially died from his injuries. 

Then, Police believe Hanna traveled in a 2013 silver Subaru Outback to West Bath. 

Approximately two hours after the attack in Scarborough, between 9:30 and 10 a.m., Police say Hanna sexually assaulted and threatened a 42-year-old woman on Birch Point Road in West Bath. 

The 42-year-old woman managed to escape. While she was running down the road, the suspect chased her down and ran her over with the silver 2013 Subaru Outback. At that point, neighbors heard screams and the vehicle crash and reported it to the Sagadahoc County Sheriffs Department around 10 a.m.

At this point, police say Hanna fled the scene on foot. 

It appears he went to West Side Dr. in West Bath and committed a robbery of a 72-year-old woman. 

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Following the robbery, police said Hanna again fled on foot and went to a home on Houghton Pond Rd. in West Bath and stole a black Ford Explorer from a home. The car was reported stolen to police around 11:17 a.m. 

Several police departments were called to assist in finding the stolen car. 

Around 11:45 a.m., Brunswick Police say their officers were notified that the person inside the stolen vehicle may have threatened a person with a knife and the knife may still be inside the vehicle.

At 12:02 p.m. police stopped the vehicle on Main St. in Brunswick in front of Northeast Bank. 

Quinton Hanna was taken into custody. He was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail. 

Hanna appeared in West Bath District Court via video Monday. His cash bail was set at $250,000 for the crimes he committed in Sagadahoc County. 

Hanna will appear in Cumberland County Superior Court on Thursday, Dec. 19 to face his murder charge in the death of James Pearson. 

State police say the victims in the three attacks appear to be "targets of opportunity," however, police emphasize this investigation is in its preliminary stages. 

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw the 2013 silver Subaru Outback traveling on the roads this weeks.

Quinton Hanna is from Freeport. He graduated from Mt. Abram High School in 2015.

Hanna had a prior criminal record. Through a background check, NEWS CENTER Maine learned that in October 2016, Hanna was charged with two cases of misdemeanor theft.

In November 2016, he was charged by the Universtiy of Maine in Gorham for unlawful sexual touching, a misdemeanor change. In the same case, it appears he was also charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.

In March 2017, Hanna was charged with violating conditions of release.

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