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Police: Woman Barricades Self In Croton Home After Ex-Boyfriend's Break-In

New York State Police captured a Yonkers man after he broke into a home.
New York State Police captured a Yonkers man after he broke into a home. Photo Credit: Flickr

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Yonkers man is behind bars Tuesday after New York State Police said they caught him in the act of terrorizing a former girlfriend by breaking into her home and attempting to break into her bedroom where she was hiding.

Peter T. Kennelly, 35, was caught around 1:30 p.m. at a Croton-on-Hudson residence where a 911 call had been placed, said Trooper Melissa McMorris, spokeswoman for the NYSP.

When troopers arrived they found Kennelly had broken down the front door and was on the second-floor of the home attempting to break down a bedroom door where the victim had barricaded herself, McMorris said.

Troopers said Kennelly had metal knuckles on his left fist and a "boom box" in his right hand playing death metal music, state police said.

Kennelly was taken into custody without incident. Further investigation revealed Kennelly had damaged a second-story window by throwing a rock through it and also used a rock to damage a vehicle that was parked in the driveway., state police said.

The woman told troopers that she and the suspect dated in high school but she had not had any contact with him since then.

Kennelly was charged with burglary and criminal mischief. He is being held at the Westchester  County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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