Man Confronts Suspected Burglar, Who Flees, Returns, Then Gets Arrested

A Somerville man was charged with breaking and entering into a Prospect Hill apartment. He allegedly returned to the home even after an occupant spoke to him.

Police arrested a 41-year-old Somerville man, charging him with breaking and entering into a Prospect Hill apartment.

The man allegedly fled the apartment when confronted by one of its occupants, but then returned moments later, allowing the occupants to get a good look at him.

The incident took place at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning at 33 Walnut Street. Police arrived at the address to respond to a report of a man breaking in.

There, police spoke to a resident of the apartment and his house guest. The house guest told police he was woken by someone tampering with a window off the back porch, according to a police report.

The report says the house guest peered out the window and saw a man with his fingers through a tear in the screen, trying to get to the window. When the house guest asked the man what he was doing, the intruder took off.

At this point, according to the report, the house guest roused the resident of the apartment, and the two then went back to the window only to see that the intruder had returned to the porch.

This time, when the intruder heard the two occupants of the apartment, he fled for real, but the occupants got a good look at him, the report says.

When police arrived, they searched the area and found a man who fit the description of the intruder on nearby Columbus Avenue, according to the report, which says the two occupants of the apartment were able to identify the man as the person on their porch.

The intruder was arrested and charged with breaking and entering and destruction of property.

Amanda Kersey December 06, 2011 at 02:12 PM
What bizarre behavior on the part of the intruder.
Erik Hughes December 07, 2011 at 01:37 AM
i would of shot him


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