Men Charged After Home Invasion
LEOMINSTER -- A Gardner man was arrested on kidnapping charges and an Ashburnham man is being held without bail after a home invasion and confrontation early Sunday morning over supposedly shoddy plumbing work performed by the victim, said police.
Tyler J. Lemieur, 22, of 34 Spruce Drive, Ashburnham was ordered held without bail after his Wednesday dangerousness hearing for allegedly breaking into the home of a Leominster man early Sunday morning.
The victim told police that he woke up to the sound of someone forcing their way into his apartment and that he attempted to locate a firearm to defend himself, according to court documents.
Lemieur then entered the victim’s bedroom, according to police, and slapped him. The two men then began fighting and, according to court documents, Lemieur demanded the victim pay him $350 for plumbing work recently done by the victim at Lemieur’s mother’s home.
The victim was accused by Lemieur during the confrontation of “not doing a good enough job and wanted the money they had paid him to do the work,” according to police.
When the victim agreed to try and pay back the money and stay away from an unidentified woman, according to police, Lemieur left the home.
He was arrested at about 3 a.m. in Fitchburg, as was Kyle A. Peralta, 23, of 570 Matthews St., Gardner, who allegedly accompanied Lemieur to the victim’s home and threatened to kill a couple, who were in another bedroom, during the confrontation, according to court documents.
The victim’s roommates, according to police, were also woken up by a loud banging on the apartment’s front door. Peralta then allegedly entered the bedroom and told the two to not move and be quiet while pulling up his shirt to reveal a handgun tucked into his waistband. He then allegedly told the roommates that he would kill them if they asked questions about what was going on.
Fitchburg police officers, who took the pair into custody, did not discover a firearm during the arrest.
Lemieur was charged with three counts of home invasion, one count of assault and battery to intimidate, and one count of vandalizing property, according to court documents.
Peralta was charged with two counts of kidnapping with a firearm, three counts of home invasion, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of threatening to commit a crime, two counts of vandalizing property, one count of carrying a loaded firearm without a license, and one count of felony possession of a firearm, according to court documents.
Peralta was ordered held in lieu of posting a $3,000 cash bail, which was paid on Sunday.
The case remains under investigation because the victims told police another man was with the Lemieur and Peralta during the home invasion, according to court documents. The victims described the man as having been taller than Peralta and white with a large build and short black hair.
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