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Homeless Man Found in Woodland Park, Arrested

Police say they've warned the 57-year-old multiple times that it's not allowed.

on Sunday arrested a 57-year-old man who is known to be homeless, for setting up a camp in .

Robert Houseworth, who gave an address of the Best Value Motel in Stamford, was charged with first-degree criminal trespass.

Houseworth is known to police and had been warned many times in the past that camping is not allowed at Woodland or any Darien town park, according to Darien Police Capt. Frederick W. Komm.

Komm said that a woman saw him setting up camp near a hiking trail at about 12:30 p.m. and phoned police, then directed officer to the area, where they found Houseworth.

He was held on $250 bond and scheduled to appear June 4 in state Superior Court in Stamford.

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Police arrested a 23-year-old town man by warrant at 7 p.m. on June 3 and charged him with criminal violation of a protective order.

The arrested party had been told to stay away from his parent’s Darien home based on a domestic violence incident. Police say they believe he had returned to the home and keyed a car parked there.

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Rich June 08, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Shannon, With all due respect, wake up. While it is unfortunate that this man is homeless, they have tried to direct him to get help. What would you be saying if someone running through the park was assaulted? You would be saying why the police aren’t doing their job! This same person (5 years ago) was picked up living in a house behind mine that was scheduled for demolition. My children noticed him while they were playing in the backyard. He was been offered help in the past and has not taken it. While not everyone who is homeless is sick or ill intentioned, I would not want anyone in my family having to be the one figure it out. It’s easy to be an idealist when you have no skin in the game….
Cath June 08, 2012 at 07:50 PM
They have homeless shelters in Stamford. Although I don't really see harm in him sleeping there for one night. I probably would have just left the man alone and not called police.
Owsley June 10, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Laws exist to keep order. If a citizen observes a law broken it is his or her respectability to alert the police. The police then have the duty to enforce the law, not just laws that some people don't agree with.
Owsley June 10, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Shannon, perhaps you should contact this man and invite him to stay at your home. Or at least your back yard. You can let him use your bathroom too.
Charlene June 11, 2012 at 05:33 PM
"Police say they've warned the 57-year-old multiple times that it's not allowed." I remember stories years ago of a man that lived in Woodland Park. I wonder if this is the same guy?

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