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 37-year-old Will Chan of Virginia Beach, Va., on Thursday night.
Once inside, the men hit Chan with the bat and hammer while demanding his "stuff." Lt. Tim Reid says the attack was apparently a drug rip-off.
The criminals were looking for the guys staying in the room next to his, Chan said. The people staying in the adjacent room were interviewed by police and left the motel immediately afterward, he added.
At some point during the assault, the man with the bat made a statement about being in the wrong room, according to Lt. Reid.
"'We've got the wrong room. We're at the wrong place,'" the victim recalled the assailant saying.
Chan received 12 staples in his head. He told the Bangor Daily News that the man with the bat hit him so hard the bat broke in half.
Chan said he has been working as an independent contractor for the Department of Defense for five years, with the last 2½ years in Iraq. He returned to the United States three months ago and arrived in Maine three weeks ago. He has 10 more days of work in Brewer before he returns home to Virginia.
"I'm just a normal guy trying to get back to a normal life," he told the Bangor Daily News. "People shouldn't have to live in fear … and be fish food for criminals. It sucks. It really sucks."
Police are seeking the public's help in tracking down the two suspects.