Elderly Woman Injured During Alleged Home Invasion
A Lynn man reportedly told police he broke into a house on Washington Street "for an adrenaline rush."
The Lynn man charged with burglarizing a home on Washington Street early Monday morning and assaulting an elderly woman inside told police he broke into the house "for an adrenaline rush."
Sean Delangis, 22, of 22 Washburn St., Lynn, pleaded not guilty in Lynn District Court Monday afternoon to charges of assault and battery on a person over the age of 60 with bodily injury, unarmed burglary, malicious destruction of property valued above $250 and two counts of larceny of property valued below $250. He was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail.
His alleged look-out, Cody Farris, 20, of 59 President St., Lynn, was charged with unarmed robbery. His bail was set at $500.
At approximately 1 a.m., officer Christopher Adkerson reportedly noticed Farris leaning against the telephone pole near the entrance to 295 Washington St., wearing a backpack and black clothing.
Due to a recent rash of vehicle break-ins, Adkerson said he turned his cruiser around in an attempt to identify Farris and noticed that he had suddenly left the area.
When Adkerson located Farris a few streets over, Farris reportedly said he was waiting on his friend Sean, who had agreed to meet him in the Village Plaza parking lot.
When Adkerson offered to give Farris a ride and "keep him company" while he waited for his friend, Farris reportedly agreed and got into the back of his cruiser.
While they were waiting, Adkerson reportedly noticed Delangis "running full speed and barefoot" into the Village Plaza parking lot with cuts on his arms, wrists and forehead. When Adkerson stopped Delangis, he reportedly said he had just come from a run around the lighthouse at Chandler Hovey Park and the cuts were from "parkour training."
As he was questioning Delangis and informing him that Chandler Hovey Park was in the opposite direction, Adkerson reportedly received an alert about a recent break-in and assault on Washington Street and Delangis fit the description of the alleged suspect.
When asked why he committed the crime, Delangis reportedly told police "I was drunk and wanted an adrenaline rush," according to court documents.
The 64-year-old woman who lives at 295 Washington St. told police she awoke to find Delangis tapping on her arm and standing over her. She said out of fear for her life, she wrestled Delangis to the floor and he broke away from her, leaving her with a cut and minor abrasions.
When she followed him downstairs, Delangis reportedly escaped by smashing a first-floor window and jumping out of it. She told police a $2 bill, a CD player and a laptop were missing, according to court documents.
A $2 bill was reportedly found in Delangis' pocket and a pair of his work boots were found on the woman's back porch. The CD player was found outside and the laptop was not recovered.
Both men are scheduled to return to court on July 21 for a pretrial hearing and are ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim.