Enfield home invasion suspect appears in court - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Enfield home invasion suspect appears in court

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The following photo of Toby Berthiaume was provided by the Enfield Police Department. The following photo of Toby Berthiaume was provided by the Enfield Police Department.
ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

An Enfield man accused of attacking and robbing an elderly grandmother of her jewelry during a home invasion in May was arraigned in court Friday.

Toby Berthiaume, 38, was arrested after police said he robbed a 93-year-old woman at her home on Windsor Street on May 6.

She lives just five houses down from where Berthiaume lives with his parents.

Berthiaume told the woman she had a package, then pushed his way inside, assaulted her and pushed her down to the floor, police said.

The woman's grandson told Eyewitness News his grandmother was knocked to the ground. Her knee was cut, which required stitches, and she had bruises on her face.

"Some in our family are angry," said woman's grandson. "Others are glad he only pushed her and that he didn't murder her."

Berthiaume stole the television, jewelry and a jar of change during the 30-minute home invasion, police said.

He took the woman's stolen items to a pawn shop in Springfield, Ma., police said. Berthiaume's name is not only on the receipt, but his picture was captured on surveillance while selling the goods.

The woman's family told Eyewitness News they hardly leave her alone. She has dementia and can't take care of herself, they added.

The suspect's family reacted to his arrest after the appearance.

"Anybody who knows Toby knows he would never knock a 90-year-old woman to the ground," said Diane Berthiaume, who is the suspect's mother. 

Berthiume's parents said their son was released last fall. He has been arrested numerous times for robbery and larceny.

If convicted, he could go back to prison, but are still defending him.

"He hasn't been able to clean himself up, be able to shave or present himself as the Toby we know," said Gary Berthiaume, who is the suspect's father.

Police are still waiting for DNA Evidence. Berthiaume's parents believe that will prove their son was not in the woman's house.

The woman's daughter said despite what happened, her mom is in good spirits.

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