June 23, 2018
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Duo arrested after attacking Farmington man with ax, police say

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

FARMINGTON, Maine — A man and woman face felony charges after attacking a homeowner with an ax, according to Farmington police.

At 11:45 p.m. April 3, a resident on Poverty Lane awoke to tapping on his window. The window was eventually broken, Farmington police Deputy Chief Shane Cote said Wednesday.

The two intruders who broke the window then broke open the front door and a fight began between them and the male homeowner and his girlfriend, who were not named by Cote.

“A scuffle ensued with some weapons,” said Cote. “Mainly an ax and another weapon of some sort. The two suspects fled before we arrived.”

Shari Dupree, 33, of Wilton was arrested on Monday, and Brian Sweeney, 32, of Rumford was arrested before midnight Tuesday.

Both were charged with Class B burglary and Class B aggravated assault.

Dupree has been released on bail. Sweeney made his initial appearance in Farmington District Court on Wednesday, but remained in custody at Franklin County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon.

Cote said that Sweeney and the male victim were friends at one time.

“There was an argument earlier in the day between the homeowner and the two suspects,” said Cote, but adding that he didn’t know what the argument was about.

The homeowner suffered superficial cuts from the broken glass and the bladed weapons, he said.

“I saw the victim the other day and the pictures looked pretty bad. Most of the injuries came from when they broke the glass,” said Cote. “They went right to the ground [on top of the glass during the fight].”

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