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Homeowner uses knife to hold off intruder

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
Matthew Robert York, photo courtesy of penobscot county jail
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

OLD TOWN, Maine — A Bradbury Street homeowner tackled a man who reportedly broke into his home early Saturday morning and then used a large kitchen knife to hold the intruder at bay until police arrived, an Old Town police sergeant said.

At the time of the incident, the man’s wife and three children — ages 3, 4 and 9 — were upstairs, Sgt. Mike Hashey said Monday, citing a police report. The homeowner’s name was not released.

Hashey said the incident began shortly before 2 a.m. when Old Town police received a report that an unknown male later identified as Matthew York, 22, of Old Town had been seen near the homeowner’s shed and was knocking at the door.

“As officers were en route, they got information that the [suspect] was trying to break the door down,” Hashey said.

When they arrived, the police officers found one man being held on the floor by another man who was holding a large kitchen knife to his head, Hashey said.

Though it wasn’t immediately clear which of the men was the intruder and which was the homeowner, police did note that the man holding the knife “did not appear to be aggressive. It was more like he was holding [the other man] in place,” Hashey said.

Police officers ordered the two to separate, which they did without further incident, Hashey said.

During the subsequent investigation, the homeowner told police that while York was forcing his way into the house, he hid around a corner. He tackled the suspect after he began heading upstairs, where Hashey said “the mom got [the children] into a room and kept them safe.”

York was arrested on burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief charges and then taken to Penobscot County Jail, Hashey said, adding that York since has been released on bail.

“Basically, he was intoxicated,” Hashey said when asked why York had entered the home. “He said he thought he was at his residence. He admitted to kicking in the door and said he intended to go to sleep.”

Hashey said that while York does reside in Old Town, he does not live in the Bradbury Street area. Hashey said York had spent the hours leading to his arrest at The Dime, a bar located at 10 North Main St.

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