WENHAM — A Beverly man remains held without bail on assault and home invasion charges after police say he entered a house on Maple Street Thursday night and threatened the residents with a knife.
Edward Erbacher, 61, was arraigned Friday in Newburyport District Court on charges of home invasion and armed assault in a dwelling. He will remain in custody pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for next week, according to a spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney’s office.
Erbacher also faces a drunken driving charge from Danvers police. It was not clear whether Erbacher had been arraigned Friday on that charge.
In a statement, Wenham police say they received a 911 call from a Maple Street resident around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, reporting that a man had entered his home and was armed with a knife.
When police arrived, they learned that the man, identified by the victims as Erbacher, had entered the house, taken a knife from the kitchen and threatened the two residents.
Erbacher allegedly assaulted one of the residents before fleeing, police said, heading toward Danvers in a dark-colored, hard-top Jeep.
Police said the victims know Erbacher.
After receiving a call from Wenham police about the incident, Danvers police found Erbacher on Route 128 around 9:30 p.m. and arrested him on a charge of drunken driving.