HAVERHILL — A 22-year-year old city man who was out on bail while awaiting trial on a charge of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 is now facing an unarmed burglary charge after a South Webster Street woman found him inside her home.
The woman told police she was in her bedroom when she heard someone in the living area. When she went to investigate, she found a man trying to hide behind her refrigerator. When asked what he was doing, the man said he needed a place to stay for the night.
The woman told police she asked the man to leave, which he did without incident, and that she handed his hat back to him. As he walked by her, he tried to shield his face from her with his hand, she said. The woman called police, saying she was concerned about his well-being.
Police allege that Anthony Fowler, 22, of 132 River St., broke into a house at 55 South Webster St. around 2:30 a.m. Fowler was arrested in the neighborhood shortly after the woman’s 911 call came in at 2:41 a.m. There were no threats made or any physical contact during the confrontation, police said. The woman asked police if they would take Fowler to the hospital or to a shelter.
Police said it wasn’t the first time he had entered a home and that last year he climbed into a woman’s bed uninvited and began to fondle her.
During booking at the police station, Fowler had in his possession several one dollar bills, a large amount of change, three pairs of sunglasses, scratch tickets and a dry erase marker. Police said these items are typical of items grabbed while “car fishing.”
While Fowler was being booked, police were notified of a car break at 161 So. Pleasant St. in which two to three dollars were taken from a motor vehicle. Police said any additional reported car breaks will be matched against recovered property with additional charges against Fowler to be sought.