Suspect pulled from chimney faces more charges

New London firefighters and police work to remove an 18-year-old homeless man, Dean Lachappelle, from a chimney at 14-16 Home Street in New London Thursday, April 5, 2012.

New London – Police have pressed additional charges against an 18-year-old homeless man who, while fleeing police capture, ended up stuck in a chimney Thursday night.

Dean Lachappelle is now charged with home invasion, third-degree burglary, interfering with an officer and disorderly conduct. He remains held on $75,000 bond. Lachappelle originally faced charges of second-degree burglary and interfering with an officer.

The charges were filed after police said Lachappelle fled officers who went to serve him with an arrest warrant at the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence detoxification facility at 47 Coit St. around 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.

Lachappelle ended up on Home Street, where he broke into an apartment building at 14 Home, police said. After an encounter with a resident, he got onto the building's roof and crawled into a chimney, then slid down 20 to 25 feet and became stuck, police said.

The city fire department responded and extricated Lachappelle after a 45-minute operation. Lachappelle was treated for minor injuries at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital before being booked and held on $75,000 bond at the New London police department.


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