Police: Woman stabs intruder in her home


Staff Writer
Published: 12/10/2019 11:52:39 PM

CHESTERFIELD — A Chicopee man who reportedly broke into a Chesterfield residence early Saturday morning was stabbed in the abdomen by the woman who owns the home, state police said.

Adam A. Lord Jr., 20, was arraigned Monday in Hampshire County District Court on multiple charges related to the alleged breaking and entering, as well as allegedly stealing a car and driving under the influence of alcohol before the incident.

The homeowner, a 77-year-old woman, told police she stabbed Lord in self-defense, according to court documents.

Shortly before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Massachusetts State Police responded to a report of a single-car crash involving an apparently intoxicated driver on Main Road in Chesterfield, according to an application for criminal complaint filed by Trooper Christian Wolferseder, but police did not find the car at the scene.

At around 4:20 a.m., the same troopers were dispatched to Munson Road in Chesterfield for reports of an active breaking and entering. The dispatcher in Northampton told them that the homeowner had stabbed the alleged intruder.

Officers arrived at the scene to find that the house’s mudroom door was damaged and had been forced open, according to court documents. Wolferseder wrote in his report that Lord, who was lying in the mudroom and being assisted by another trooper, was complaining of pain, repeatedly said he had been stabbed and smelled strongly of alcohol, Wolferseder wrote.

According to Wolferseder’s report, the woman told troopers that she was sleeping when she heard loud banging noises at the downstairs kitchen door. She went downstairs, where she saw a man standing in her living room, according to the report.

The woman told police that she repeatedly yelled at the man to get out of her house and armed herself with two large knives when Lord refused to leave the kitchen, at which point Lord allegedly approached her.

“This action put (her) in fear and she reacted by stabbing Lord in the abdomen,” Wolferseder wrote, adding that the woman said she stabbed Lord twice.

Lord allegedly retreated into a breezeway between the house’s exterior door and interior door to the kitchen, according to Wolferseder, and tried to push his way back into the house as the woman held the interior door shut.

Lord eventually sat on a bench in the breezeway and asked the woman to call 911, according to Wolferseder, and she reportedly informed police that she told Lord she would make the call if he left.

Lord lay on the ground, the woman told police, “and at some point she felt it was OK for her to run to the other end of the kitchen to get the wireless handset house phone and call 911.” She then went back to hold the door shut until police arrived, according to the report.

Highland Ambulance EMS responded to the incident, and Lord was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he reportedly told troopers that he had entered the wmoan’s house, “but gave a different circumstance as to how he went into the home and his interactions with (her)” than she had reported, according to the report.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m. on the same morning, troopers found a red Jeep that had been driven about 50 to 100 feet into the woods through brush and snow near Munson Road in Chesterfield, according to the report.

The Jeep’s owner and girlfriend of Lord’s father told troopers that she believed Lord had stolen the Jeep.

At Baystate, Lord allegedly told troopers he had driven the Jeep that evening while trying to remove it from a snowbank.

Lord was brought to state police barracks after he was discharged from the hospital Monday afternoon.

Lord was booked on charges of breaking and entering at nighttime with intent to commit a felony; assault; malicious destruction of property; unarmed burglary and assault; operating under the influence of liquor (second offense); leaving the scene of property damage; receiving stolen property; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; driving with a suspended or revoked license; and other traffic offenses.

Following a dangerousness hearing, Lord was released on $1,000 cash bail. He was ordered to wear a GPS monitoring system and to avoid drugs and alcohol, according to Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office. He will next appear in court on Jan. 8 for a pretrial hearing.

In March, Lord was found guilty of drunken driving and had his driver’s license suspended, according to Wolferseder’s report. In that 2018 incident, Lord was alleged to have intentionally struck a police officer with a car in Williamsburg.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.
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