PORTLAND, Maine — A man is currently in custody at the Cumberland County Jail, facing charges of homicide following a tragic incident at the YMCA on Forest Ave. The Portland police were called to the scene just before 1 a.m. on Friday after reports of an assault. Upon arrival, they discovered 60-year-old David Hannauer, a resident in the YMCA’s dormitory program, unconscious and suffering from severe injuries. Tragically, Hannauer succumbed to his injuries on Saturday afternoon at Maine Medical Center. The suspect, identified as 49-year-old Robert Lancaster, was a fellow resident in the dormitory and was subsequently apprehended by the police without bail at the Cumberland County Jail. The cause of Hannauer’s death has been determined to be homicide, although no further details have been provided about the nature of his injuries.
Helen Breña, CEO of the YMCA of Southern Maine, released a statement expressing deep sorrow and shock at the loss of Hannauer, emphasizing that he was a valuable member of their men’s dormitory program. The YMCA staff immediately sprang to action to help Hannauer upon learning of the attack and promptly contacted emergency services. The entire community, including the victim’s family, dorm members, and staff, is in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Authorities are currently investigating whether there was any connection between Lancaster and Hannauer, as well as the circumstances that led to the assault. Anyone with information related to the incident has been urged to reach out to the Portland police. In addition to calling the police directly, individuals can also send a text message with the details to a specified number.
The tragic loss of Hannauer has left the community reeling, and the authorities are working diligently to uncover the details surrounding the violent assault. It is a devastating situation that has deeply impacted both the YMCA and the city of Portland as a whole.