Man assaulted and thrown into Saco River

By Lisa Williams Ackley

Staff Writer

FRYEBURG — Two brothers from Lewiston were arrested and charged with assault last week, after they allegedly walked out of the Saco River on to private property at the end of Menotomy Road here and assaulted the landowner before throwing him into the river, police said.

Police officers from Fryeburg, the Oxford County Sheriff's Office and the Bridgton Police Department responded to the area known as Roy's Beach around 6:30 p.m. on July 6 where the two brothers and approximately a dozen other people were camping on private property without permission, according to Fryeburg Police Officer Michelle Legare.

Both Kristopher A. Levasseur, 30, and Matthew P. Levasseur, 27, were arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct and transported to the Oxford County Jail in Paris. Matthew Levasseur was also charged with obstructing governmental administration, while Kristopher Levasseur was additionally charged with failing to submit to arrest or detention by physical force and criminal mischief.

The alleged assault took place in front of the landowner's six-year-old son, Officer Legare said.

"We were called to the end of Menotomy Road for an assault," Officer Legare explained. "There was a dispute about the landowner's kid's toy that was in the sand in the river and the men climbed up the steps on to the river bank where he was assaulted and then they threw him in the river."

The landowner did not require medical attention, according to Officer Legare.

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