A man who broke into a Newington home Tuesday night, attacking the 85-year-old resident, and later picked fights with a neighbor and a police officer has been arrested, police said.
In between the violent encounters, William McAllister III crashed his car into a tree, police said. The assault apparently was random; McAllister did not know the 85-year-old man, police said.
McAllister, 22, of Summer Hill Drive in South Windsor, was charged with home invasion, second-degree burglary, disorderly conduct and third-degree assault on an elderly person. He also was charged with assault on a police officer, evading, failure to drive in the proper lane and interfering with police.
He was in custody on $10,000 bail early Wednesday and was scheduled to appear in Superior Court in New Britain later in the day.
According to police, officers received a complaint about someone trying to break into a home on West Hartford Road about 11:20 p.m. Tuesday. One of the officers responding to the scene encountered a man later identified as McAllister walking in the road.
Despite the officer’s orders, McAllister continued approaching the officer as he was getting out of his patrol car, police said. That sparked an altercation, and the officer took McAllister into custody with help from two other officers.
Police said they learned that McAllister had forced his way into the house on West Hartford Road and assaulted the homeowner. After he left the house, McAllister got into his car and drove away, crashing into a tree. He then walked away from the wreck and began arguing with a neighbor before he encountered the officer, police said.