BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer man who reportedly was under the influence of alcohol and possibly drugs early Sunday forced his way into an outer Ohio Street residence with four children and two adults asleep inside, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.
“He was ripping out the garden lights and kicked in the front door,” the sergeant said.
Jeremy Heath, 20, broke into the house about 1:30 a.m. Sunday and took off running before police arrived, but lost a sneaker during the scuffle with the family.
Inside the home were a 44-year-old man, his 45-year-old wife and their four children, ages 19, 16, 14 and 7, who all were awakened by Heath causing a ruckus in the front yard and then banging on the front door, Edwards said.
When no one answered the door, Heath kicked it in, went inside and started up the stairs.
The children, two boys and two girls, told police “they thought someone had broken into the house trying to kill them,” Edwards said.
The witnesses said, “he was messed up on something and began to yell and scream at the father, who is protecting his family,” the sergeant said. “The father tackles him and yells to call police.”
A fight reportedly ensued inside the house and the children tried to help their father and stop Heath from leaving.
“At one point, they’re all dragged outside by Heath — all piled up on top of him,” Edwards said.
Once outside, Heath lifted the father off the ground, slammed him down on his back and then grabbed one of the solar-powered garden lights and unsuccessfully attempted to stab the father, the sergeant said.
Heath then took off running but left a Nike sneaker behind. He was found shortly after when a resident on Mount Desert Drive called to say someone was attempting to break into their home. Heath allegedly was apprehended wearing only one Nike sneaker.
He was charged with felony criminal trespass, as well as assault and criminal threatening, and could face a penalty of up to five years behind bars if convicted of the trespassing charge.
Heath was taken to Penobscot County Jail and remained there on Monday afternoon, Edwards said.
The entire family was upset and both parents were so shaken up by the home invasion that both reportedly were taken to an area hospital. The father was treated for a back injury and the wife was seen because she was short of breath, the sergeant said.
“Both of the victims were visibly terrified,” Edwards said.