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Brookline Police: intruder broke in and sat at foot of man's bed

Posted by Brock Parker  March 19, 2012 03:49 PM

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Police arrested a Marblehead man who allegedly broke into a Brookline apartment early Sunday and sat down quietly at the foot of the resident's bed.

Fearing for his life, the resident, whose name has not been released, got up from the bed and ran to his living room to call 911, according to Brookline Police.

When police responded to the fourth-floor apartment on Beacon Street at 1:12 a.m. Sunday, they found the alleged intruder, Joseph P. Crosby, 23, of Marblehead, still sitting on the bed. He appeared to be intoxicated and was bleeding profusely from his hands, according to a police report.

Before he was booked on multiple charges, Crosby was taken by ambulance to Beth Israel Hospital where he received stitches to his right hand for injuries he sustained climbing through the window, police said.

The resident of the apartment told Brookline Police that he had been in bed asleep when he heard a loud bang coming from his bedroom window, which is near a fire escape. The resident then heard a man, later identified as Crosby, banging his window before shattering it and climbing through the broken glass into the bedroom where he sat down at the foot of the bed without saying a word.

After the resident fled from the room to call police, a second man living in the building reported that a man had just tried to enter his bedroom window while he was sleeping. That tenant told police that when he awoke, he saw someone's leg coming through the window, so he shouted and the intruded fled. He said he then heard glass breaking above his apartment, according to a police report.

Police have charged Crosby with two counts of breaking and entering at night, destruction of property and trespassing.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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