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Man Charged After Barricading in Willimantic Soup Kitchen: Police

Willimantic police have arrested a man who is accused of breaking into a soup kitchen and barricading himself inside on Monday morning.

Police said 40-year-old Anthony Dodd, who is a parole escapee out of New London, gained possession of keys to the Covenant Soup Kitchen at the back of St. Paul's Church and broke in.

Officers said there is live surveillance inside of the soup kitchen and they were notified.

As police were arriving, Dodd was leaving, but ran back inside once he saw officers, authorities said.

He then barricaded himself inside of the soup kitchen, police added.

Officers repeatedly asked him to come out. Police said they used a spare key and a K9 to find Dodd in a crawl space.

Dodd suffered a minor injury, according to authorities, and was taken custody. He was charged with third-degree burglary, interfering with a police officer, sixth-degree larceny, and breach of peace. He was also issued a remand to custody by Connecticut Parole.

Nobody else was injured.

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