By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SALEM — Police say a man who was looking for his ex-girlfriend forced his way into a Loring Avenue apartment building on Tuesday night, attacked a door with a shovel, threatened residents and struck a police officer in the face.
Police arrested Stephen P. Haverty, 56, of 52 Cranmore Lane, Melrose, on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, three counts of malicious destruction of property over $250, assault and a battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, three counts of threatening to commit a crime, armed assault in a dwelling to commit a felony, and violating a protective order.
Officers responded to a 9:52 p.m. report that a man was attempting to force his way into a residence at 219 Loring Ave., according to incident logs. Lt. Mary Butler said Haverty broke in through the building’s basement, banged on doors on the first floor, attacked a second-floor door with a shovel and threatened to kill residents because he believed they were “hiding” his girlfriend.
The woman reportedly moved out several months before.
During the ensuing confrontation with police, Haverty struck Officer Tom Cunningham in the face, twisting his glasses, Butler said. Cunningham refused medical treatment.
No other injuries were reported.