Police in Winchester said two women in their 60s, who work at a bookstore on Main Street, fought off a young man who attempted to sexually assault them in broad daylight.
According to police, Aaron Bugbee entered the Community Book Store on Main Street in the Winsted section of town on Monday and attacked two women ages 67 and 69.
Both women fought back, police said.
"I think they did a remarkable job fighting this person off, which I think probably took him by surprise thinking that he wouldn't fight back," Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald said both women had some cuts and bruises, one had a broken nose. He added they suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said based on a description from the victims, eyewitness accounts and images captured by surveillance cameras, an arrest warrant was issued for Bugbee on Wednesday night.
"We didn't want to tip off the guy we were after so that's why we waited until we knew who he was," Fitzgerald said. "We just needed more evidence at the time to get an arrest warrant."
The suspect was found in Torrington on Thursday. Bugbee was taken into custody without incident.
"We're still assessing. We're still interviewing him right now to find out the motive of why he would do something like this," Fitzgerald said. "It's very disturbing because it's a very safe community."
Bugbee was charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault on persons over 60 years of age and breach of peace.
It was a startling story that frightened neighboring business owners.
"It's very uncomfortable feeling to find that out," Pauline Maxwell, who is a boutique owner, said. "My first instinct was I need to close the shop I'm here by myself."
Maxwell said the incident makes her feel on edge.
"I had an incident in December where I had a man come in in the middle of the day and rob me. So you know it makes you feel very uncomfortable," Maxwell said. "You have to question whether being inside your own business are you safe or not."
Bugbee's court-set bond was set at $75,000. Bugbee is scheduled to face a judge in Bantam this week.
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