The Maine Attorney General’s Office has filed a civil complaint under the Maine Civil Rights Act against two Biddeford men for assaulting a black man last month.
According to the attorney general’s office and court documents, Maurice Diggins, 34, and Dusty Leo, 27, drove up to the victim as he walked to a 7-Eleven on April 15.
The victim did not know either man, officials said.
Leo punched the victim, breaking his jaw, court documents said. Diggins also hit the victim, officials said.
The victim was able to get up and run off, but the two men chased him in a truck, officials said.
The victim was able to get ahead by running into an alley, officials said.
“All Mainers should be shocked by this brutal race-based assault,” Attorney General Janet Mills said in a statement. “This attack has shattered the victim’s sense of safety. No person should be afraid to walk to a store for fear of being attacked due to the color of his or her skin. We filed this action to protect not simply this victim but any person of color who might be targeted by these defendants.”
Diggins and Leo were charged with aggravated assault. They have been ordered not to have any contact with the victim or his family.