Bristol man charged with breaking into occupied home

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For a man who claims to run the house, he had an odd way of entering.

Bristol Police charged Richard T. Difrenna, 44, of 66 St. Elizabeth St., Apt. 2, Bristol, with breaking and entering into a dwelling of a person over 60 and vandalism last week after he allegedly climbed through the front porch window of a home on High Street — reportedly breaking four wine glasses in the process — then came face-to-face with his alleged victim.

The resident in the home told police she was in her living room watching TV on June 17 just before 10 p.m. when she heard a loud bang from another room. Investigating the noise, she was surprised to find a strange man she had never met before standing in her dining room.  She asked what he was doing in her house, to which he replied, "I run this place."  (The woman's two children own the home.)

After being told to leave, Difrenna started to walk toward the front door, then came back and tried to open a door to a back hall where the woman had retreated, according to police reports. She then ran out the back door where she met her daughter who had heard her mother's screams from her third-floor apartment.

The pair ran around the house yelling for help and for someone to call police. A neighbor had also heard the screams and called police, who arrived moments later to find Difrenna still in the home. Bristol Police Sgt. Viera and Patrolman Kenney grabbed Difrenna and brought him to the floor to cuff him, reports indicate. Difrenna reportedly had no weapons and was arrested without further incident.

Bristol Fire and Rescue responded to Police headquarters to evaluate the victim after the traumatic experience. She had no injuries and declined treatment.

Bristol police

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terrific6

can we please get a picture of this POS? let's see what this POS looks like so the rest of us can feel safer.

Monday, June 23, 2014 | Report this
bristolianPD

you cant upload pictures here

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | Report this
bristolianPD

look up name on facebook if you want to see his picture

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | Report this
Local Bargain Jerk

I live on High Street.

Mr. Difrenna is lucky that he didn't walk into my house, break four of my wine glasses, confront me, and say “I run this place.”

If he did, everyone would be reading this story under the Obituaries section, not under the Police Blotter.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | Report this
Local Bargain Jerk

Thanks, this was a good suggestion. My favorite pictures were the ones showing his full-left-arm tattoo honoring the life of John Gotti, mobster and criminal.

Which were your favorites?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | Report this

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