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Crime Police investigate claim that armed men cut down tree to force neighbor's quarantine

05:05  30 march  2020
05:05  30 march  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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The man was allegedly accosted by armed neighbors who blocked his path. Police in Maine are investigating an alleged incident in which armed residents used a tree to block a man ' s driveway in order to “It was apparent that the tree had been cut down and dragged into the roadway to block it.”

A group of armed vigilantes cut down a tree and dragged it across a man ’ s driveway in Maine to force him to quarantine in his home amid fears he could be The incident remains under investigation . “Deputies have learned that there is a general belief by some island residents that the Cripple Creek

Police in Maine are investigating an alleged incident in which armed residents used a tree to block a man's driveway in order to quarantine him and his roommates from the coronavirus.

a boat is docked next to a house: A boater motors past lobster boats moored off North Haven, Maine, Monday, March 16, 2020. © Robert F. Bukaty/AP A boater motors past lobster boats moored off North Haven, Maine, Monday, March 16, 2020.

The man, who is renting the house in the town of Vinalhaven in the Fox Islands, left the house to check on a severed cable line Friday afternoon and discovered that a tree was blocking his path, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said.

Several people with guns allegedly approached the resident and yelled at him, according to the sheriff’s office.

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A tree was cut and dragged into a roadway of a residence, apparently by neighbors believing people from out of state in the home may have coronavirus. A group of Maine residents apparently tried to forcibly quarantine their neighbors by cutting down a tree and blocking a roadway after fearing they

(Newser) – A group of armed Maine vigilantes is apparently here to help a couple of out-of-towners make the decision to self- quarantine : As the Portland Press Herald reports, several armed men cut down a tree on Friday on the island of Vinalhaven and dragged it across the driveway of the rental

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The man ran back into the home and he and his roommates used a VHF radio, their only means of communication, to contact authorities, the sheriff’s office said.

a house with a boat in the water: A boater motors past lobster boats moored off North Haven, Maine, Monday, March 16, 2020. © Robert F. Bukaty/AP A boater motors past lobster boats moored off North Haven, Maine, Monday, March 16, 2020.

“Several law enforcement entities arrived in the area and found the felled tree but no group of people,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post. “It was apparent that the tree had been cut down and dragged into the roadway to block it.”

The town has an order that mandates that anyone who came onto the island recently had to self-isolate. However the man said that he and his two roommates arrived last month, before the cutoff point for the order.

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“While investigating the downed tree , a neighbor started yelling at him and a group of people showed up and began to gather around. “Deputies have learned that there is a general belief by some island residents that the Cripple Creek Residents are supposed to be quarantined because they came here

“While investigating the downed tree , a neighbor started yelling at him and a group of people showed up and began to gather around,” the sheriff’ s office said. In Rhode Island, police officers and National Guard members were deployed to warn fleeing New Yorkers that they must self- quarantine .

The sheriff’s office said they believe the tree was an attempt to block the exit of those from out of state from leaving the house, and that they will continue to investigate. 

“Whether someone is a Maine resident or not, they have the right to free movement and anyone who infringes upon that free movement is potentially violating the law,” the office said in a statement.

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