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October 22, 2012

Suspect in Salisbury home invasion sought

SALISBURY — A local man with a lengthy criminal background remains at-large today after allegedly smashing in the front door of his ex-girlfriend’s home and attacking her with a vase.

Police say Michael O’Connor, 24, of 21 Mudnock Road, Salisbury, broke into the Beach Road home of his ex-girlfriend shortly after midnight Sunday, drawing several police officers and local firefighters to the scene. The suspect managed to flee before police arrived, prompting officials to send out a bulletin to nearby departments to be on the lookout for him, according to police. The victim was not injured, but a second person in the home at the time of the attack sustained a head laceration. The male victim refused medical attention, according to Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler.

Police have issued a warrant for O’Connor’s arrest on multiple charges, including armed burglary, nighttime breaking and entering to commit a felony, two counts of threatening to commit murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery, wanton destruction of property less than $250 and wanton destruction of property more than $250. Fowler said the suspect and victim knew each other and that the public should not be concerned about someone randomly breaking into people’s homes.

“I would not say he is armed and dangerous; it wasn’t a random act. I don’t think it’s something the public has to fear,” Fowler said.

Among the officers responding to the scene were Robert Ferullo, Jeremy Kelley, Keith Forget and Richard Dellaria. Police cleared the scene around 4:30 a.m.

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