October 3 2014

Man Charged After Home Invasion Leaves One in Hospital

By: Rich Hosford

A man is in custody following an alleged home invasion that left one victim in the hospital after he was assaulted with baseball bats. 


Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent announced on Friday that at 12:18 that morning police responded to a report of a fight at a Church Lane residence. When police arrived they noticed two men in their 20s holding down a third man. The two men were identified as residents of the home and the man they were holding down was identified as Connor John Tufts, age 20, of Haverill. 

According to police, the residents said that one of them was playing video games with a friend when three or four men, one of them Tufts, broke into the home and began beating the friend with baseball bats. That person is reported to be in the hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries. 

Also, during the struggle, Tufts allegedly pushed the 62-year-old homeowner down a flight of stairs. After that the homeowners’ two sons jumped on top of Tufts and held him down until police arrived. The homeowner sustained a knee injury but declined medical attention at the scene. 

Tufts was treated and released from a nearby hospital with minor injuries. He was charged with four counts of Home Invasion, three counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and one count of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon of a Person Over 60. 

Kent said police do no believe this was a random act and that the friend of the resident was the target of the attack. The police report said the attack was likely part of an attempted robbery on the friend. 

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