The Waldoboro Police Department is investigating an assault that occurred Jan. 19 in the Hannaford Supermarket parking lot in Waldoboro, said Police Chief Bill Labombarde.

According to the Waldoboro police, a witness at the scene saw a verbal confrontation between two unidentified male subjects (possibly in their 20s) and a 63-year-old Nobleboro resident. The two male subjects allegedly assaulted the 63-year-old, leaving him unconscious in the parking lot, Labombarde said.

Labombarde said it is believed that the assault occurred over the suspects’ truck being illegally parked in a handicap spot.

The two males dragged the victim across the parking lot and placed him and his groceries in his vehicle, according to police. The suspects allegedly stole a 30-pack of beer from the victim’s groceries before leaving the scene.

Labombarde said the incident was so severe that he is treating it as an aggravated assault. The chief said the victim required stitches and sustained a head injury.

“This was a big step from just a shoving match,” Labombarde said.

The two suspects may have driven off in a dark colored full-size pickup truck.

Officer Tom Bartunek responded to the alleged assault at 5:30 p.m. The victim and suspects had left the area. Family members took the victim to the Miles Memorial Hospital emergency room.

Waldoboro police are seeking help from anyone in the community who may have witnessed the incident or who has information regarding this assault. Anyone with information should contact Detective Lance Mitchell or Labombarde at 832-4500 or policechief@waldoboromaine.org.