A man allegedly jacked this black 2012 Honda Civic on Congress Street in Portland on Friday morning. Credit: Courtesy of the Portland Police Department
Portland police said this man is suspected in several carjackings. Credit: Courtesy of the Portland Police Department

The suspect in several Portland carjackings has been arrested.

Richard McDowell, 42, allegedly jacked a black 2012 Honda Civic with the license plate 6957WF on Congress Street about 10:10 a.m. Friday, according to David Singer, a spokesperson for the Portland Police Department.

McDowell allegedly approached a person near 1450 Congress St. and threatened them with a sharp object to try to gain access to their vehicle, but the person refused. 

Just minutes later, McDowell reportedly attacked a Porsche driver, who was seriously injured in the attack, according to Singer. 

McDowell then allegedly walked further down Congress Street, pulled a person out of their Honda Civic and stole the vehicle. An onlooker attempted to stop McDowell’s escape, but he was able to drive on. 

The stolen vehicle was then driven to Kennebunk, where it was abandoned near 177 Alewive Road, Singer said. McDowell was arrested shortly after 1 p.m., and is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on multiple charges, including robbery and elevated aggravated assault.

Singer said one victim was taken to Maine Medical Center with serious but not life-threatening injuries after the robbery.

BDN writer Leela Stockley contributed to this report.