MAN BUSTED FOR HIDING IN WOMAN’S CLOSET

On Friday, 05-28-10 at approximately 5:50 am, the Lower Township Police Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from a female in the 100 Block of Old Mill Drive in the Township’s North Cape May Section.

The female was reporting a male intruder inside her residence.

Lower Township Patrol Officers responded to the call and found that the intruder was being detained outside of the residence, upon their arrival, by the female’s father, who she had also called about the incident prior to calling the police.

The female identified the male intruder as her ex-boyfriend, David J. Fletcher, age 47.

The female victim advised police officers that she had a restraining order issued against Fletcher from last March, barring him from having any contact with her or from being at her residence.

The victim stated that sometime after 5 am, she heard movement inside her bedroom closet and began screaming. At that point Fletcher emerged from the closet and a brief struggle ensued between the two parties.

The female was able to activate an alarm call to her father’s residence, who responded immediately and was able to detain Fletcher prior to police arrival.

Police Officers confirmed that there was in fact an active restraining order issued against Fletcher.

He was then arrested at the scene and transported to the Lower Township Police Department for processing where he was charged with one (1) count of Burglary to a residence and Violation of a Temporary Restraining Order.

Fletcher was lodged in the Cape May County Jail in default of a $2,500 bail set by Lower Township Municipal Court Judge, David DeWeese.