May 27, 2018
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Alleged vegetable-throwing Freeport protester arrested second day in a row

James Roux
By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

FREEPORT, Maine — A South Freeport man arrested Monday for allegedly throwing produce at the Abercrombie & Fitch outlet on Main Street was charged Tuesday morning with the same crime.

James M. Roux Jr., 27, was charged again with criminal mischief and criminal trespass, as well as with violating conditions of his release on Monday, Freeport police Chief Gerald Schofield said Tuesday.

Roux was arrested Monday morning after police allegedly found him throwing produce outside the store at 55 Main St. Roux told police he was protesting the store’s “exploitation” of young models, Schofield said Monday.

On Tuesday, police allegedly found him outside the store, and a witness reported he had thrown a smashed pumpkin on the store’s front steps. They allegedly found other produce in his car. Schofield said Roux admitted to throwing the pumpkin and to placing another pumpkin on the steps.

“He was angry at Abercrombie & Fitch because [he said] it makes kids feel bad about their bodies,” Schofield said.

Roux was taken to Cumberland County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court Nov. 19 to face charges for both incidents.

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