A man was arrested in Dowagiac after he solicited residents without a permit and police discovered he had drugs on him.
Dowagiac Police are now working with the Niles Police Department because the solicitor’s back-story resembles the claims an attempted home invasion suspect made before allegedly attacking a homeowner.
Several residents on Elizabeth Street answered the door for this solicitor on Tuesday.
“A gentleman showed up from the gas company saying ‘Can I see your bill to see if you’ve got the five percent off,’” said Anthony Wygant.
Another resident was concerned by the unexpected visitor and called the police department.
“The citizen just wanted to check in,” said Jarrid Bradford, deputy chief of the Dowagiac Police Department. “In this case, there wasn’t a permit for the company.”
Bradford tells Newscenter 16 that the department wanted to follow-up on the situation after the incident in Niles just one day before.
A resident on Niles’ east side answered the door at around 4:40 p.m. Monday and was confronted by a solicitor who claimed to be from “Lost Energy.” Ryamond Guzman allegedly refused to leave the property, attacked the resident and tried to invade the home. Guzman was arrested at the scene.
The Dowagiac solicitor said he was from a company called “Just Energy.”
Bradford said Dowagiac Police will be in contact with the Niles Police Department as the police reports are completed.
Bradford said this is a reminder that resident s need to be wary of answering the door for salespeople.