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A 17-year-old Clinton boy flying a drone last month at Hammonasset Beach in Madison was attacked by a Westbrook woman who called him a pervert.
Andrea Mears, 23, was charged May 12 with third-degree assault and breach of peace after a confrontation with Austin Haughwout at the beach. State Environmental Conservation Police released her on a promise to appear in court. She is due back in Superior Court on Thursday, June 19.
An online video showing the bizarre confrontation has gone viral, with more than 140,000 views at press time.
Neither Mears nor Haughwout, who posted the video, could be reached for additional comment for this story.
The video, which was captured on Haughwout’s phone, shows a woman alleged to be Mears taking exception to Haughwout’s hobby.
“Stop, stop, stop. This guy is taking pictures and trying to upload them from a camera. Can you guys get here?” the woman asks the police in the video. “Can you guys hurry? I already talked to them. Just come!”
But when Haughwout grabs his remote and his drone and tried to walk away, the woman then grabs his shirt.
“You’re assaulting me!” Haughwout says.
“Yeah, you want to take pictures? Yeah, you’re going to see how it feels when the police come,” the woman replies.
The video then starts moving around frantically, so it’s unclear what was happening, but there are several thud sounds on the video and Haughwout falls to the ground.
“Yeah, that’s right [inaudible], you pervert,” the woman says in the video.
The video then shows her grabbing the teen by the collar of his shirt and trying to reach her arm to his face.
“Yeah, you want to take pictures?” she yells as she sticks her fingers in his mouth and then takes a few wild swings with her free arm. “Yeah, you’re going to see how it feels when the police come.”
“Though [Haughwout] may have hit Mears at some point in the incident, it appeared to be while he was defending himself and attempting to get away from the attack,” Officer Robert Monday wrote in his report.