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Cops: Thugs beat wrong man with hammer, bat

Police say a Virginia man who was beaten with a hammer and baseball bat at a Bangor, Maine, motel was apparently a victim of mistaken identity.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A 37-year-old Virginia man, beaten with a hammer and baseball bat at a Bangor motel, was a victim of mistaken identity, Bangor police say.

Two men wearing black ski masks were apparently looking for drugs when they forced their way into a room at the Riverview Motel and attacked Will Chan of Virginia Beach on Thursday night.

Once inside, the men hit Chan with the bat and hammer while demanding his "stuff."

The men got the wrong room, Bangor police Lt. Tim Reid said.

Chan had been staying at the motel while working on a natural gas project in the area. He said doctors needed 12 staples to close the wound on his head. He told the Bangor Daily News that the man with the bat hit him so hard the bat broke in half.

Police requested the public's help in tracking down the two suspects.