Two Held In Methuen Housebreak
METHUEN — City police said two men who tried to break into a Methuen home in the Hampstead Street area last night picked the wrong house.
After getting punched in the face by one of the intruders, the homeowner reported the incident and officers were able to catch the getaway car in a short pursuit that ended near the Route 110 rotary shortly before 7 p.m., Sgt. Donald Lavigne said.
The driver of the car — Richard Forgeron, 42, of Brockton — was charged with operating under influence of alcohol, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, failure to stop for a police officer, illegal possession of marijuana, vandalism under $250, operating after license suspension and a marked lane violation.
Keith Gilholm, 41, of Leesburg, Fla., a passenger in the car, was charged with breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony and illegal possession of marijuana.
"It was good work by everyone involved," Lavigne said of the capture that ended without a serious crash on the highway.
"They were attempting to pop open a screen and, at some point, the homeowner had an interaction with them, and he was punched in the face," Lavigne said.
Detective Keith Frost spotted the vehicle traveling on Route 213 west to Interstate 93 South after hearing a report of the attempted house break-in. Officer Herb Stacy and several other officers pulled over the car on Interstate 93 South at Route 110 above the rotary a short time later.