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Police: Man with six protective orders against him breaks into Meriden woman’s home

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MERIDEN — A Berlin man faces charges after police said he cut off a monitoring bracelet Wednesday and broke into the home of a woman who has six protective orders against him. 

Colin McBriarty, 31, of 57 Vivian Drive, Berlin, was charged with home invasion, interfering with police, breach of peace, second-degree criminal mischief, failure to submit to fingerprints and six counts of violation of a protective order. 

Berlin officers contacted city police on Wednesday around 2:30 a.m. asking them to check on the woman because McBriarty had cut off his court-ordered monitoring bracelet, according to a police report.  

Officers went to her home, saw a light on in the basement and moments later heard a crash, the report said. When officers knocked on the door, McBriarty leaned out an upstairs window. Meanwhile, the woman called 911, saying she was hiding in a closet, afraid for her life. 

Police used a battering ram to enter and found McBriarty in a laundry room, where he barricaded himself by placing a dryer in front of the door, the report said. Police were eventually able to take him into custody.  

McBriarty entered the home by kicking in a door, the report said. 

The woman did not report any injuries. 

Police said McBriarty smashed his head against the police cruiser, causing damage to the glass partition. He was taken for medical treatment, then brought back to the police station.  

He was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. Bond was set at $750,000 and the case was continued to May 11. 

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