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Teen accused of Northampton home invasion: ‘We don’t have to do this the hard way’

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@JackSuntrup
Sunday, June 18, 2017

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested a 19-year-old Easthampton man Friday afternoon after he was accused of entering a Williams Street house and flashing a gun.

In addition to felony home invasion charges, Terrell P. Hamelin also faces possession of a Class A and Class C drug after police found 16 baggies of heroin and two Xanax pills on him, police said.

According to police, Hamelin and two women pulled up to a home on the 90 block of Williams Street at about 2:30 p.m. Friday. One of the women told police she went to a party at the house the night before and lost her wallet. When she found it, about $200 in cash was missing.

Police said Hamelin and two women entered the house and wanted the cash. There were three people home at the time.

One victim told police Hamelin was threatening them, at one point lifting his shirt up to reveal what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband, saying “we don’t have to do this the hard way.”

Hamelin demanded the house TV and other items as collateral, the victims told police, but the trio eventually left the house empty-handed.

When police arrived, Hamelin was cooperative and told them there was a gun — a BB gun — on the driver’s side floorboard, police said.

Jack Suntrup can be reached at jsuntrup@gazettenet.com.