Police Charge Second Haverhill Man with Burlington Home Invasion

Thomas J. Mahan, 20.

 Thomas J. Mahan, 20.

BURLINGTON—A second Haverhill man was arrested Monday in connection with an armed home invasion last month.

Haverhill Police, accompanied by Burlington Police detectives, arrested Thomas J. Mahan, 20, at his Haverhill home. He was charged with four counts of home invasion, four counts of assault with intent to commit armed robbery and conspiracy, according to Burlington Police Chief Michael R. Kent.

Last month, a Burlington homeowner was allegedly attacked by three or four men who broke into his home with baseball bats. Burlington Police arrested Connor John Tufts, 20, of Haverhill, after two sons of the homeowner held him.

Tufts was then charged with four counts of home invasion, three counts of assault with a dangerous Weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60.

The residents told police one of the residents was playing video games with a friend when the men broke into the home and started beating the friend. “This rustled the other residents of the home. During a struggle, Tufts allegedly pushed the 62-year-old homeowner down a portion of a flight of stairs. The homeowner’s two sons jumped on top of Tufts and held him down until police arrived. The homeowner sustained a knee injury but declined medical attention at the scene,” according to Burlington Police.

Tufts was treated and released from a nearby hospital with minor injuries. The friend was also treated at a hospital for injuries that were considered serious but non life-threatening. Police said they believe the friend was the target of the attack and the suspects were trying to rob him.