UPDATED: Man arrested trying to push into Stone Harbor home, while resident holds door closed

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STONE HARBOR – A man threatening to kill the residents of a home on the 8900 block of First Avenue was caught by Stone Harbor police as he tried to force the back door open, while a resident struggled to keep it closed, officials said Monday.

John Hopkins Worrall, 49, Norton, Mass., was arrested at the scene Monday, Aug. 18 at 12:45 a.m., by Patrolman Anthony Tirelli, after the officer observed Worrall attempting to force open the rear door of house, while the occupants of the residence tried to keep the door shut, police said in a statement.

Further investigation found that Worrall was drunk, police said, and that he had threatened to kill the resident while attempting to force the door.

Worrall was initially charged with making terroristic threats, a third degree crime; as well as defiant trespass and disorderly conduct, both petty disorderly persons offenses.

Bail was set at $5,000 with a 10 percent cash option. Bail was posted, and Worrall was released.

After further investigation, Stone Harbor police requested and received a warrant for Worrall’s re-arrest on charges of burglary and criminal attempt, both 2nd degree crimes.

Police attempted to service the warrant at a local address, but found that Worrall had left the state.

After the accused learned of the warrant, police said he contacted the department to turn himself in to officials. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, Worrall arrived at police department with his attorney.

According to police, Worrall was taken into custody, and lodged in the county jail on a $35,000 all cash bail.

Worrall was transported to the county jail in lieu of bail, and the case is pending review by the county prosecutor’s office.


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