Man attempts home invasion at police chief’s house
MIDDLETOWN – A Middletown man is under arrest after he went to a house in Middletown and told the woman who answered the door that he was with the FBI. What he didn’t know was that he had randomly selected Middletown Police Chief Ramon Bethencourt’s’ home.
Mayor Joseph DeStefano had a message for all residents. “When people come up in plain clothes and you don’t know who they are, don’t open your door. If they say they are the police, call the police before you let them in,” he said. Apparently the suspect in this case went door to door trying to get into other homes as well.
The chief was at work, but his wife asked for identification from Santiago Contreras of Harrison Street in Middletown after he flashed a resident alien card.
When the resident came to the door, the man who had been knocking displayed identification and said he was an FBI agent.
He also held in his hand a piece of paper and said it was a search warrant and that he wished to search the house”, said Police Lt. Gregory Metakes. “The resident didn’t believe that the person at the door was legitimate and asked him again to show his identification.”
That’s when the man took off and was located a short time later on Irwin Avenue. He had with him plastic gloves and a homemade “shank” knife tucked into his jacket sleeve.
He was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted robbery, first-degree attempted burglary, possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and criminal impersonation in the first degree.
The incident occurred around 9:20 a.m. Monday.
State Police assisted Middletown City Police in the Investigation.