By Mike LaBella
---- — 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.
According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, Fowler has been charged in the past with similar crimes and is known to police.
According to court officials, Fowler was charged on May 25, 2012 with indecent assault and battery on a person over 14.
At his arraignment Thursday in Haverhill District Court on the new charge of unarmed burglary, Fowler’s bail on the assault and battery charge was revoked and he was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail. He was ordered held without bail for violating the terms of a 60-day warning issued on the pending assault and battery case. Court officials said Fowler’s trial on the assault and battery case is scheduled for Feb. 26. He is also due back in court Feb. 27 for a probable cause hearing on the new charge of unarmed burglary.
According to a police report, on May 25 at 3:12 a.m., police were dispatched to 70 Temple St. on a report of an unwanted person. A 53-year-old woman told police she was spending the night at her friend’s house, although the friend wasn’t home.
The woman said she was sleeping when a man, later identified as Fowler, climbed into the bed and began groping and fondling her breasts. The woman said she ordered him out of the bed and began striking him with her cane. The woman said the man refused to leave and told her it was his house and his bed.
Fowler, who was still on the property when police arrived, told officers he had come home drunk with a friend and that he lives there with his girlfriend and two children. Fowler told police he wanted to go to bed and that the woman started striking him with a cane and he left. Police said Fowler did not have a listed address of 70 Temple St. At his arraignment on the charge of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, a judge ordered Fowler held on $1,000 cash bail, which he subsequently posted, and was issued a 60-day warning, meaning, if he gets into trouble while his case is pending he could be held without bail for up to 60 days.
According to court documents regarding Fowler’s indecent assault and battery charge, on Aug. 15, 2012, Fowler began receiving treatment at Northeast Behavioral Health Community’s Crisis Stabilization Unit in Lawrence and was expected to be discharged Aug. 23.