Census workers reportedly attacked

Posted March 06, 2010, at 5:36 p.m.

HARRINGTON, Maine — Two men were charged last week in separate incidents in which U.S. Census workers allegedly were attacked, according to police.

In Harrington, Wesley Storer, 61, of Bar Harbor was arrested Monday, March 1, and charged with criminal restraint, assault and theft after an incident at an apartment building he owns.

According to Washington County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Timothy Tabbutt, Storer was intoxicated when he ripped the identification badge off a U.S. Census worker’s lanyard. Storer then blocked the 50-year-old woman from leaving the building, Tabbutt said.

Later that evening, Storer allegedly entered two other dwellings without permission, Tabbutt said, and further charges of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and two counts of criminal trespassing are under review by the District Attorney’s Office for Washington and Hancock counties.

On Friday, a Brooksville man was summoned after he allegedly assaulted a U.S. Census worker on his doorstep. James Swift, 53, was charged with simple assault after the U.S. Census office reported that one of its workers, a 39-year-old woman, had been grabbed and pushed by the man.

Maine State Police Trooper Greg Roy said the woman knocked on Swift’s door and before she could identify herself, Swift reportedly opened the door, said he was not interested and slammed it shut.

“The woman then did exactly what she was trained to do,” Roy said. “She put the bag of papers on the doorknob and prepared to leave.”

Roy said the man then allegedly opened the door, grabbed the woman by her wrist and pushed her backward.

She did not require medical attention, Roy said.

“She wasn’t injured,” he said. “She just reported it was a very frightening incident.”

Roy said Swift denied all accusations.

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