2017-03-04 / Front Page

Police say suspects lied about home invasion

By ALAN BENNETT
Staff Writer
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ARUNDEL — Two York County suspects were issued summons for filing a false public report on Friday, after police discovered they fabricated a home invasion story in Arundel.

Benjamin Prevatt, 25, of Wells and Adam Barton, 24, of Kennebunk were slapped with charges after they told York County Sheriff’s deputies they were held at gunpoint during a home invasion in Arundel on Wednesday, in which a firearm was stolen.

York County Sheriff Bill King said in an email Friday a 911 call, made around 5 a.m. on Feb. 22, that from a home on Curtis Road in Arundel was disconnected, although sheriff’s deputies were able to locate the call’s origin.

Sgt. David Chauvette arrived at the scene, during which Prevatt and Barton — who King said appeared to have been drinking — said they were victims of a home invasion.

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Prevatt told Chauvette he was house sitting for his uncle and that, earlier in the day, three unknown men knocked on the door and then forced their way inside. Prevatt said the men assaulted them, holding a black gun against his head, and knocked Barton unconscious.

Prevatt continued, saying the men demanded to know where “the guns” were located in the house, then proceeded to steal his uncle’s hunting rifle.

King said both men showed signs of being assaulted.

An investigation was launched into the allegations, King said, and Chauvette and his deputies located the “stolen” rifle in another part of the house.

It was determined Prevatt and Barton had actually gotten into a physical altercation — resulting in their visible injuries — and, on Friday, the two men admitted to fabricating the story.

Filing a false public report is a a Class D misdemeanor crime. Such crimes are punishable by up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

Prevatt and Barton are scheduled to appear on June 7 in Springvale District Court.



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