Paris man indicted on attempted murder charges

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PARIS — A man accused of breaking into a Norway home and starting two fires was indicted Friday in Oxford County Superior Court on two counts of aggravated attempted murder, arson and burglary.

Investigators say Andrew J. Freeman, 21, of 32 High St., Apt. 2, in Paris broke into the home of Edgar McCloud and his wife at 684 Round-The-Pond Road, set two fires and left. The McClouds and their granddaughter were asleep.

McCloud discovered and extinguished the fires before they could cause serious damage to the house. No one was injured. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Freeman knew the McClouds’ granddaughter.

Freeman was arrested Dec. 26 by Paris police on charges of violating a protective order and violating conditions of release, according to Oxford County Sheriff’s Office records. Court documents say he contacted a local 16-year-old girl on Facebook and walked to her house that day, which he was prohibited from doing.

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Freeman has active protection orders against him from four other young women, according to court documents. At least two attend Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris, where Freeman was seen on Nov. 1, according to court records. He has since been barred by the court from being there.

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