A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged with sexual assault after he attacked two employees of a bookstore in Winchester, according to police, and business owners are asking for more police patrols on Main Street.
Police said 24-year-old Aaron Bugbee, of Winsted, went into the Community Bookstore at 414 Main St. in Winsted around 4 p.m. Monday and attacked two women in their 60s. Both women fought back and their injuries are not life-threatening.
Police said they reviewed video surveillance and obtained a warrant charging Bugbee with criminal attempt to commit sexual assault in the first degree, sexual assault in the third degree, assault in the second-degree on persons over 60 and breach of peace. They located him in Torrington today and bond was set at $75,000.
Some neighbors said they had seen him in this area in the weeks leading up to the attack acting strangely.
Business owners in the area are on high alert after the attack.
“That actually made me very nervous because I am here. I do maintain my business by myself,” Pauline Maxwell, owner of Time After Time Boutique, said. “I’m going to make sure that I’m alert and when the door opens up that I immediately see who’s coming in.”
This was the latest violent crime on Main Street. Maxwell said her store was recently robbed.
“It would be very nice for the businesses and the town itself to have a police walking up and down Main Street every so often,” she said.