Two intruders arrested after being found asleep in Amherst home


Staff Writer
Published: 9/16/2019 1:57:28 PM

AMHERST — Two people were taken into custody on break-in and trespass charges over the weekend after they were found sleeping on a couch inside a home on South East Street near the Fort River School, according to Amherst police.

Tyler Calos, 21, of North Reading, and Laura Dipesa, 21, of Scituate, were arrested at 4:01 a.m. Saturday on charges of breaking and entering during the nighttime to commit a misdemeanor and trespassing, said Detective Marcus Humber.

Humber said the man and woman were discovered by a resident after forcing their way into the home and falling asleep on the sofa.

The incident was one of two in which people got into homes where they didn’t belong. The other came at 1:46 a.m. Sunday, when an unidentified man entered a Main Street apartment looking for his friends. When he was told he was at the wrong location, the man got into an argument and punched one of the residents, Humber said. No medical attention was required, and the tenants told officers that they didn’t want to press charges.

While police responded to several parties and noise complaints, only two arrests related to those calls were made.

Megan Rose Deshaies, 19, of 4 Susan Drive, Easthampton, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct Friday at 11:38 p.m after she was observed flailing her arms and raising her fists in an attempt to fight people in the area of Phillips and Allen streets, Humber said.

Benjamin Simpson, 19, of Rutland, Vermont, was arrested at 11:32 p.m. Saturday on charges of resisting arrest, being a minor in possession of alcohol and violating the town’s open container bylaw when he was approached by officers on Nutting Avenue and Phillips Street who asked him to dump his can of Natural Light. Instead, he ran from them toward the Southwest area of the University of Massachusetts campus before being apprehended after an extended foot chase, Humber said.

Police summoned to court three people for violating the open container bylaw and four people for being minors in possession of alcohol, and warned six people for open container violations.

Police issued a $300 citation to a 21-year-old man who purchased a keg in Hadley and tried to bring it to Eames Place without registering it.

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