By Associated Press - Sunday, July 5, 2020

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - An argument in a supermarket parking lot escalated into an assault in which the victim said she was targeted by homophobic slurs, police said.

Michael Roylos, 63, of Portland, shouted at a motorist he accused of reckless driving and then assaulted her when she began recording the confrontation with her cellphone, police said.

The woman, whom police didn’t identify, fell while running away and injured her ankle Friday night, Police Lt. Robert Martin said.

Roylos faces charges including assault, criminal threatening, and interference with constitutional and civil rights.

The businessman launched Sidewalk Buttler, a business that creates receptacles for cigarette butts. The cigarette bins spread from Portland to dozens of other states, the Portland Press Herald reported.

A message left for Roylos at the business was not immediately returned.

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