Manchester man charged with burglary, criminal threatening
MANCHESTER — At his arraignment on a burglary charge Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, William Case denied breaking into his neighbor’s apartment.
Case, 53, of 54 Blodget St., was also arraigned on a felony charge of criminal threatening and a misdemeanor of resisting arrest.
Case is accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment Wednesday afternoon, moving around the apartment and shouting at her, frightening her. The woman, who told police she works at the New Hampshire State Hospital, said she’s been trained how to handle people with mental illness and was able to persuade Case to leave her apartment. She then called police.
In court, Case was insistent. “I’m not breaking into anyone’s house,” he told Judge William Lyons. “I’m not taking anything out of anyone’s house.”
Intead, Case suggested, he is the victim. Case said he is being monitored constantly. He said everything he does is being recorded and monitored 24 hours a day, although no one has been able to find the recording equipment in his apartment. Case told the judge his downstairs neighbors should be investigated.
“I was accused of breaking in before this case,” he told Lyons, referring to his arrest in August for breaking into an apartment at 52 Blodget St.
In that incident, a relative of the tenants caught Case leaving the apartment and restrained him until police arrived, police said. The residents told police that nothing was removed from their unit. The August burglary charge has been bound over to Hillsborough County Superior Court.According to court documents, the owner of 54 Blodget St. told police Case has lived there for a couple of years and has recently been yelling at other tenants and causing damage.
The documents also say that when police arrived, they found the door knob to the victim’s apartment broken, the door broken and the latch broken out of the solid wood door.
When an officer knocked on Case’s door and sought to speak with him, the documents say Case refused to open the door, saying: “I am property of the federal government. Go away.”
Told he needed to make a statement, Case used an obscenity and said that was his statement. He told the officer to leave and said he had knives and police would have to shoot him to get him out.
After police backup arrived, Case was spotted at the door to a fire escape, holding a 12-inch knife and a meat cleaver. According to the documents, he still refused to come out of the apartment and threatened to “murder” the officers. Police said Case struck the door with the cleaver, causing the tip to become stuck.
The documents show Case finally opened the door slightly. When an officer determined Case had nothing in his hands, police entered and took Case into custody.
Police prosecutors withdrew their motion for preventive detention and requested $25,000 cash/surety bail.
Lyons set bail at $20,000 cash/surety, with a probable cause hearing on the felonies set for Nov. 12 and trial on the misdemeanor set for Dec. 3.