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Four arrested in Berwick for allegedly assaulting residents mistaken as ‘squatters’

By Oliver Jenkins, Foster's Daily Democrat

BERWICK, Maine — Four people were arrested Saturday and charged with assault after attempting to remove a group of “squatters” from the home of an incarcerated family member.

According to a press release issued by the Berwick Police Department, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, law enforcement went to 19 Allen St. for a fight including at least eight people — some of whom were injured.

The fight involved four individuals trying to remove three other people believed to be “squatting” in the family member’s Allen Street apartment while the actual tenants were incarcerated.

Following the fight the four suspects fled the scene in a truck later located by the Somersworth, N.H., Police Department at the city’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building.

Diane Beaton, 52, of Berwick, Timothy Dyer, 51, of Somersworth, Susan Dyer, 46, of Somersworth, and Joshua Royer, 32, of Somersworth were all arrested and charged with assault following an investigation by police. They are scheduled to be arraigned January 15, at the Springvale District Court.

Nathaniel Lang, 31, and Jill Botelho, 32, both of Berwick, and Ryan Breton, 31, of Lewiston, Maine, were treated and released at the scene of the assault.

An unidentified 11-year-old male who was reportedly assaulted during the incident was also treated and released at the scene. The boy’s mother refused police having any involvement with her son.

Police have since learned the alleged “squatters” had been allowed to stay in the apartment by at least one of the tenants.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Capt. Jerry Locke, captain@berwickpolice.org or patrolman Steven Shisler, s.shisler@berwickpd.org or through a call to the Berwick Police Department at 698-1136.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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