Man Charged in Newington Home Invasion

Friday, Jan 24, 2014  |  Updated 11:01 AM EDT
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Man Charged in Newington Home Invasion

Newington Police

Police have arrested a man accused of forcing his way into a Newington apartment when a young child was home and cutting a woman with a kitchen knife.

Police have arrested a man accused of forcing his way into a Newington apartment when a young child was home and cutting a woman with a kitchen knife.

Newington Police Department responded to the report of a home invasion at Lowery Place Apartment complex just before 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and found Mario Francois, 21, of East Hartford, leaving the building, police said. 

Francois went into the home intending to assault a man with a knife, according to police, and the man was not the only one there. A woman and a 6-year-old child were also in the home during the incident.

Police said Francois allegedly forced his way into the apartment and was pushed back out into the hallway. 

During an altercation to keep Francois from entering the apartment, the woman was cut on her forearm. 

Police said they found a kitchen steak knife in the hallway of the apartment building and took Francois into custody without incident.

He was charged with home invasion, risk of injury to a minor, third-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment, threatening and breach of peace.

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