HUDSON, Maine — A father and two of his sons, allegedly upset about stolen marijuana plants, were charged with aggravated criminal threatening and assault after breaking into a neighbor’s home and beating him up, state police said Wednesday.
Walter Sawyer, 50, and his sons, Walter Sawyer Jr., 31, and Jason Sawyer, 20, who all live on Brandy Lane, allegedly got upset with a couple living down the street and decided to confront the male on Tuesday afternoon.
“They forced their way into the residence — kicking in the back door — and assaulted the resident,” Maine State Police Trooper Chris Hashey said Wednesday. “Apparently, all three assaulted him” at times using a broomstick.
“He was able to get away from them, run to his car and drive away to his parents” to call for help, Hashey said.
The victim’s wife told police that the three men had stopped her vehicle earlier in the day and told her that they were going to beat up her husband for stealing “marijuana plants from the woods,” Hashey said.
She called her husband to warn him, and he locked the doors. Soon the Sawyers showed up and broke into the house while the husband was calling 911.
No marijuana was found at the scene, and the Sawyers “were not cooperative” and did not corroborate the victim’s report, Hashey said. The Sawyers each were charged with aggravated criminal threatening, a Class C felony, and assault, a Class D charge, and were taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.
If convicted of the threatening, they could face a jail sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000. All were released Wednesday and are scheduled to be back in front of a judge Nov. 26, a jail official said.