2 arrested after home invasion
Police still looking for third suspect
GREENFIELD — Police on Monday continued to look for the last of three men who allegedly flashed pistols and threatened a man in Leyden Woods Saturday, after trying to force their way into a residence.
Two men have been arrested and charged in the incident.
A Heather Court resident told police that her ex-boyfriend showed up at her door with two other men around 10:45 a.m. Saturday, tried to barge in and demanded to see his children, according to Sgt. Mark Williams. The resident’s current live-in boyfriend confronted them on the porch.
He told police that all three raised their shirts, revealing pistols in their waistbands, said Williams. No weapons or ammunition were found on the two men arrested, or in the rental car they were using, Williams said.
The third suspect was not located.
On Monday, Lt. Daniel McCarthy said police are close but not 100 percent sure of the third man’s identity.
Police were familiar with the ex-boyfriend, who told them he now lives in Maine. He ran when police arrived, but was caught about 15 minutes later.
William Aaron Irene, 24, of Chelsea, Maine, was arrested on charges of home invasion, assault with a dangerous weapon, threatening to commit a crime and two warrants.
Irene broke a pane in the door to the home while trying to push his way in and intimidated the residents, meeting the legal definition of a home invasion without entering the home, McCarthy said.
Williams said Irene had an unidentified object in his hand while fleeing, that was not recovered, on him or after a Montague police dog searched the area.
McCarthy said police are continuing to search woods in the area for the object. Neither of the men arrested is licensed to own a gun, McCarthy said, but Irene’s current girlfriend’s father reported his .357 Magnum revolver stolen a week ago in Maine from the residence where Irene has been staying.
After Irene was in custody, a Lilac Court resident reported that two men were hiding in the nearby woods.
Theodore Norris, 21, of Fitchburg, was found there, and admitted to being with Irene at his ex-girlfriend’s. Norris was arrested on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, threatening to commit a crime, and unarmed assault and battery.
Williams said the assault and battery happened when Norris came across the male victim’s twin brother down the street, and punched him during an altercation. That victim was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with injuries Williams said did not appear to be serious.