WORCESTER — With the help of a broomstick and a prompt police response, an incident involving a Fitchburg man attempting to break into a stranger’s residence was prevented from escalating early Wednesday morning.
At about 2:52 a.m. on Nov. 29, Worcester Police officers were dispatched to a Gibbs Street residential address for a report of a break-in that was still in progress. Upon arrival, officers saw a woman yelling out the window saying, “He’s trying to get inside!”
Officers located a male, Oniz Janniere, 32, of Fitchburg, at the scene and detained him while they gathered more information. Police determined that Janniere had been trying to enter the residence of a stranger who, before police arrived, had attempted to get the man to leave with no success.
At one point, police said that the Gibbs Street resident opened her door and saw him trying to enter the house, pushing him back with a broomstick and telling him to leave, according to a statement from the Worcester Police Department.
She locked the door but he continued trying to enter the residence.
After he was taken into custody, officers located two, double-edged knives on Janniere and placed him under arrest. He is charged with Attempt to Commit a Crime (Armed Burglary), two counts of Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Disorderly Conduct and Disturbing the Peace.
Courtesy Worcester Police Department.