May 1, 2014 08:16AM
By A.J. ALGIER
Sun Staff Writer
WAKEFIELD — The case of a suspended Westerly doctor who was accused last year of barging into the home of a stranger in the early morning hours will likely be heard before a jury in September.
Dr. Roy M. Main, 59, of 6 Reed Drive, was charged by Westerly police with felony breaking and entering after owners of a home on Comanche Court in Westerly said he came into their house unannounced at about 4 a.m. on Aug. 10, 2013. The doctor, whose license to practice in Rhode Island has been suspended by the state Department of Health, has insisted that the visit to the house was “an honest mistake.”
Mark and Gilda Restelli reported that Main walked up the stairs into their bedroom. Restelli, a former Marine who confirmed he has guns for his own protection, was reported to have hit Main in the face when he came into the bedroom and held onto him until the police arrived. Restelli said Main had told the couple he was looking for “Bill.”
In reports released following the incident, Main told police he was looking for his friend, Bill Brower, and had mistaken the house. He said Brower had told him to enter through a side door if the residence was locked. Main was reported to have told a patrol officer that he had the night off and that he and his companion were going there to “party.” Police said his companion, not charged, confirmed Main’s description of events.
Later, Main and Brower, in separate conversations with The Sun, acknowledged that the doctor was trying to find Brower’s home, but they disputed the police report on the evening’s activities. Main said he was trying to find Brower because Brower wasn’t feeling well. He said he had been to Brower’s house before, but had trouble finding it in the dark that morning. Brower said he had told Main to walk in and come up to the upstairs bedroom to wake him when he arrived.
Main said the home looked similar to that of Brower’s, so he pulled into the driveway. He said he tried to explain what happened as he was confronted by the Restellis, but the situation escalated quickly.
Police also said they detected the odor of burned marijuana in Main’s car. Two 6-ounce bags of marijuana were confiscated from Main’s vehicle, for which he was not charged. He said he had no idea how the substance may have gotten into his car.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health said he retains his license to practice in that state.
Meanwhile, Main Medical, the doctor’s internal medicine practice on Clara Drive in Mystic, closed Monday. Two physician’s assistants had been running the practice for the last few months. Main was issued a medical license in 1991.
Rhode Island Assistant Attorney General Mark Trovato said Friday that the trial is scheduled for Sept. 23, with a status hearing slated for Sept. 8.