DARIEN — A 56-year-old Darien man was arrested after allegedly following a woman into Palmer’s Market before going to the post office and causing a disturbance there.

On June 26 around 7:30 p.m., the woman was in the parking lot of the Heights Road market when Robert Houseworth approached her, asking if she “knew about the girl who was a downhill skier.” He then began yelling obscenities and the woman tried to walk away. Houseworth followed her toward the market entrance, saying he was going to follow her inside and see what she had in her purse. The woman screamed and ran into the store, at which point Houseworth followed, lunging at her.

Police responded but were unable to find Houseworth at the market. They searched the area and located him in the post office on Heights Road. Houseworth was tearing up his mail and had damaged his P.O. box. More pieces of mail were on the ground around him.

When Houseworth saw police, he became irritated and started yelling obscenities. He continued to shout nonsense, calling the officers on scene “New York” and repeatedly approached the officers in an aggressive manner, shouting, “What are you going to do about it?” At one point, he flashed the officers.

Police asked why Houseworth was yelling at the woman at Palmer’s, to which he replied, “I just want her to be safe.” He also told police he’d been sleeping under the post office vestibule for “years.”

Houseworth was placed under arrest and identified by the woman. At headquarters, police found he’d been warned twice before not to enter that post office except on official business. He was charged with breach of peace, third-degree criminal mischief and first-degree criminal trespassing. He was held on a $500 and brought to court the next morning.

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