PORTLAND, Maine — Maine State Police say they evacuated nearly two floors of a motel in their search for a suspect in a domestic violence case, only to find that he wasn’t there.

Police say the man had checked himself into a room at a Motel 6 in Portland on Monday. Police said the room was the scene of a standoff for several hours. The man was not there when police entered the room.

Nearly three dozen people from the fourth floor and most of the third floor were evacuated; police believed the suspect might be armed. The guests were allowed to return to their rooms.

Police identified the man as 40-year-old Vincent Teruel, of Hollis, Maine.

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