NORWAY, Maine — Two men who refused to leave a trailer they didn’t own were charged with criminal trespass after police from five agencies surrounded the home, according to police.
Joseph R. Mitchell, 22, of Sebago, and Adam L. Sanborn, 29, of Oxford, were arrested Tuesday night after police entered the trailer and arrested them with the help of police dogs from the Maine State Police and Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office, police said.
The dogs were in the area for training exercises, according to Norway Police Chief Robert Federico.
Federico said the police responded to a disturbance on Fir Drive, off Town and County Drive, in which a car was said to have sped off after an altercation. When police arrived about 10 p.m., a man outside refused to identify himself to police and ran inside, locking the door.
Police were unsure of whether there was a burglary in progress, and the two men in the house refused to heed police orders to come outside. “We basically just kept the place contained,” Federico said. While the men were inside the home, police used thermal cameras to watch their movement.
Federico said police tried to contact the men by phone and used the loudspeaker on a police car to try to get them outside. “It did look significantly more serious than what it turned out actually being,” he said.
Norway police were assisted by Paris and Oxford police, as well as state police and the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office. Federico said there were eight police cars around the home.
After about an hour, police were able to contact the homeowner, who was working out of state. Federico did not identify the homeowner. “He asked if we would remove the people who were there,” Federico said. With the owner’s permission, police entered the trailer and removed Mitchell and Sanborn.
Federico said Mitchell suffered a minor dog bite injury while trying to resist arrest. He said Mitchell required treatment, but that the bite wasn’t serious.
According to Federico, the men hadn’t heard the car speed off and said there had been no altercation there before police arrived. Federico said there was no sign of a struggle.
Mitchell had several warrants for failure to appear and failure to pay fines, in addition to his charges for criminal trespass, failure to submit to arrest and violation of bail condition. Sanborn was charged with criminal trespass and failure to submit to arrest, and was held on a probation violation.
Police transported Mitchell to the Androscoggin County Jail on Wednesday for outstanding warrants. Sanborn was still in custody at the Oxford County Jail on Wednesday night.
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