PORTLAND, Maine — A 36-year-old Maine man is facing assault charges after allegedly spraying fox urine on protesters and a police officer outside a Portland restaurant.
Police say Jome Murphy was arrested Sunday night after spraying a group outside The Front Room restaurant protesting what they call labor violations. Restaurant owner Harding Lee Smith is the target of a lawsuit claiming he’s been violating state and federal wage and hour rules.
Police said Murphy lives in an apartment above the restaurant, but does not work there. Smith told The Portland Daily Sun that Murphy might have been reacting to the protests that have been taking place outside his restaurant.
Fox urine is commonly used as a repellent to keep animals out of people’s gardens.