Homeless man scuffles with police after woman lacerated

Police report eventful Friday in Webster

📷 Harold Rumrill was arrested after scuffling with police on Friday morning. Webster Police Department photo.

WEBSTER — While police investigated a reported assault, a tussle with a homeless man ensued at the start of a busy day for local law enforcement.

Sean Dufficy, 52

According to a social media posting by the Webster Police Department, officers responded to a report of assault on Whitcomb Street shortly before 10 a.m. A woman who had suffered a laceration greeted police upon their arrival and was later transported to a hospital, where she is expected to be treated and released, police said.

Police were speaking to Whitcomb Street resident Sean Dufficy, 52, as part of their investigation into the reported assault when “another male was discovered hiding in the basement” of the home. Webster Police identified the second man as 36-year-old Harold Rumrill, who is reportedly homeless. According to police, Rumrill “refused to comply with Officers and began to physically struggle with them.” Ultimately, police took both Dufficy and Rumrill into custody “after a brief struggle.”

Dufficy was charged with assault and battery causing serious injury; interfering with a police officer; two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14; assault and battery; and accosting and annoying another person. Rumrill was charged with disorderly conduct; resisting arrest; and interfering with a police officer.

Stolen car found on Robinson Street

Brian Lollar

Within one hour of the Whitcomb Street incident, Webster Police Detectives Bruce Hamm and Joseph Reed were returning to the police station when they reportedly observed a vehicle “they believed to be suspicious,” said police. They checked the registration of the vehicle, spotted on Robinson Street near Pepka Street, and learned it had been reported as stolen. Detectives Hamm and Reed called for patrol units to assist them as they proceeded with their investigation as the vehicle reportedly had two individuals in it.

Jessica Cullum

After officers arrived on scene, police placed the vehicle’s occupants — Jessica Cullum, 35, of Lake Street, and Brian Lollar, 31, of East Main Street — into custody. Police reported Lollar has been charged with receiving stolen property over $1,200; using without authority (second offense); two counts of receiving a stolen credit card; and possession of a Class A substance. Cullum was charged with using without authority.

Volkswagen used to carry four wheeler

Shortly before 1 p.m., police were made aware of another suspicious motor vehicle, which happened to be outside the police station at the time. Having been alerted by the South Worcester County Communications Center, Webster Police Chief Michael Shaw followed what police described as a “small, four door car with a four wheeler strapped to the roof.” Shaw followed the improvised transportation system before stopping it on East Main Street a short time later, police said. The four wheeler was ultimately towed while the operator, whose name was not released, was issued a written warning for impeded operation.


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