A man has been taken into custody after trespassing in his ex-girlfriend’s house and threatening her male friend with a butcher knife.
Travone Bland, 27, of New Haven, was arrested and charged with home invasion, first-degree criminal trespass, risk of injury to children and second-degree reckless endangerment. The victim and five children present were not harmed.
The suspect had originally stopped by the apartment early Friday morning to visit their two children. He left without issue after a brief visit.
At approximately 8:47 a.m. Saturday, New Haven Police responded to a 911 call by the victim, the second of two calls that morning. Police arrived to the victim outside her apartment on Donna Drive.
Officers entered the apartment to find Bland holding a butcher knife. The suspect was handcuffed without protest upon seeing the New Haven officer’s canine unit.
The victim told officers she’d opened her apartment door and found Bland lying on the hallway floor. Bland rushed the door and forced his way inside. A male friend of the victim's was outside and became the target of Bland’s rage.
The man had taken off as the estranged couple’s son struggled to disarm Bland. This is at the moment the officers arrived and took Bland into custody.
Earlier that morning, at about 3 a.m., officers were dispatched to the apartment to investigate a reported domestic violence dispute.
Bland, who was carrying a BB gun, threatened “suicide by cop”, before fleeing the scene as officers arrived. He later denied this.
Bland already had two outstanding warrants in New Haven and Milford.
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