Man suspected of using bath salts breaks into Palermo home, attacks homeowner

Posted March 27, 2013, at 7:47 p.m.

PALERMO, Maine — A Palermo couple was startled awake early Wednesday morning by the sounds of their windows being smashed in, and when they went to investigate they found a strange man inside their house creating a ruckus, according to police reports.

“He smashed the TV, overturned furniture, punched holes in the walls,” Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said later Wednesday.

The man, whom police suspect may have been using the drug bath salts because of his paranoid and erratic behavior, attacked the male homeowner when he confronted the stranger. The homeowner was taken to a hospital by ambulance for treatment of injuries that included a gash on his forehead, Trafton said.

Police are not releasing the name of the 30-year-old Knox man believed to have broken into the home on Carrs Corner Road because he has not yet been charged with a crime. Trafton said that police responded as quickly as they could to the 4:19 a.m. emergency call from the homeowners. The Knox man was not cooperative with authorities and acting very erratically, including running up and down the road in the cold morning without a shirt on, the chief deputy said.

Trafton said that when he got to the scene himself, the man was handcuffed, but it still took two officers to restrain him. Ultimately, he was placed in hand and foot restraints to be taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta by ambulance.

The case remains under investigation with charges pending, Trafton said.

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