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Lincoln man charged with break-in attempt

September 16, 2013

LINCOLN – A 19-year Burrillville man faces a felony breaking and entering charge after he allegedly attempted to enter a woman’s 6 Railroad St. home, where his girlfriend was being sheltered over a domestic incident early Thursday morning.

Joel A. Rouillard, of 1000 Douglas Pike, Burrillville, allegedly attempted to enter the woman’s home by pulling an air conditioning unit out of a window where it had been installed and running, according to Patrolman Alvaro E. Herrera.

Herrera found the air conditioner on the ground and still running upon his arrival at the residence at 2:53 a.m., police said. A woman at the home indicated Rouillard, an acquaintance, had pulled out the air conditioner and attempted to enter the home through same window, Herrera reported. The woman was able to deter Rouillard from entering through the window by kicking him in the face, and he then left the property while police were called.

Rouillard was reported to have come to the home in search of his girlfriend, who had taken shelter there following an earlier domestic incident. Rouillard allegedly banged on the front door of the home and yelled at the occupants before attempting to enter through the window.
The woman’s mother was also in the rented home and provided a similar description of the incident, according to Herrera.

Rouillard’s girlfriend told police the prior domestic incident had begun at her Summer Street apartment after she and Rouillard returned from a ride at about 2:30 a.m. and he began “flipping out,” yelling, throwing papers around inside the apartment and punching the wall and bathroom door inside her bedroom, police said.

Rouillard was also reported to have pulled an air mattress out from under her, causing her to fall backwards and strike the back of her head on the floor.

Rouillard’s girlfriend stated she left the apartment at that point and went to the Railroad Street home out of fear of Rouillard when he gets angry.

Herrera reported Rouillard returned to the scene while he was investigating the incident with Patrolman Keith Feather and indicated he was injured after having fallen off the Manville Bridge. Rouillard complained his whole body hurt, and he was transported by rescue to Landmark Medical Center for treatment, Herrera said.

In addition to the felony breaking and entering charge, Rouillard was also facing charges of disorderly conduct, domestic simple assault, domestic vandalism and domestic disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors, according to police.


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