Man faces charges for al­leged home in­va­sion

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ben Lam­bert wlam­bert@reg­is­ter­ci­t­i­zen.com @WLam­bertRC on Twit­ter

NEW MIL­FORD » A lo­cal man is fac­ing charges after at­tempt­ing to break into a home while res­i­dents fought to keep him out, ac­cord­ing to town po­lice.

Michael D. Saun­ders, 33, of 5 Sandy Acres Lane, New Mil­ford, was ar­rested June 19 and charged with first-de­gree bur­glary, at­tempt to com­mit sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, home in­va­sion and third-de­gree crim­i­nal mis­chief, ac­cord­ing to state records.

His case was trans­ferred from Ban­tam Su­pe­rior Court to Litch­field Su­pe­rior Court ear­lier this month.

Ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest re­port from New Mil­ford po­lice, Saun­ders at­tempted to break into a home, fight­ing with the fam­ily in­side as he at­tempted to gain en­try. He was “cov­ered in blood” when po­lice ar­rived and had mul­ti­ple lac­er­a­tions on his body, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Saun­ders told po­lice he was afraid of two men that were chas­ing him, so he at­tempted to force his way into the home. There was no sign of any­one chas­ing him, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Vic­tims told po­lice Saun­ders

was yelling and scream­ing and had bro­ken the door and win­dows in his at­tempt to gain en­try. He had at­tempted to force his way into the home while they phys­i­cally tried to stop him and grabbed a base­ball bat from one of the peo­ple at­tempt­ing to keep him out of the home, po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, vic­tims in the home suf­fered lac­er­a­tions and in­juries to their hands. Mul­ti­ple vic­tims told po­lice they feared for their lives, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Saun­ders told po­lice he had bro­ken glass and the door to the home, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. He said he had not used drugs, but has an is­sue with drink­ing.

Saun­ders was ar­rested and taken to Dan­bury Hos­pi­tal with­out in­ci­dent for eval­u­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. He was ar­raigned June 21 and has been re­leased on $150,000 surety bail, ac­cord­ing to state records.

Saun­ders is next sched­uled to ap­pear in court Aug. 31.

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