Teen to be tried as adult in Montville home invasion case

A 17-year-old boy accused of entering an apartment on Pequot Road in Montville on Jan. 14 and holding a knife to a man's neck before stealing $15 will be tried as an adult.

Wesley Lacombe of 1109 Horse Hill Road, Westbrook, is being held at the Manson Youth Institution on charges of home invasion, first-degree burglary, second-degree threatening, third-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, sixth-degree larceny, disorderly conduct and carrying a dangerous weapon.

His case was initially referred to juvenile court because of his age, but was transferred to the adult docket in New London Superior Court due to the seriousness of the charges. Lacombe's next court date is Feb. 22.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit written by Montville Police Officer Stacie Savage, Lacombe entered an apartment at 52 Pequot Road at 9 p.m. on Jan. 14 through an unlocked door to retrieve a bottle of whiskey for a friend who had left it there after a party the previous night. He allegedly held a large kitchen knife to the neck of 20-year-old Tyler Radics and told him, "Don't make me stab you. Lay down." Radics sustained a small cut on his shoulder from the end of the knife, according to the affidavit.

The two began wrestling, and Radics told police he was able to knock the knife and the bottle of whiskey out of Lacombe's hands. Radics said Lacombe picked up the knife and backed out of the apartment, pointing the knife at Radics and grabbing three $5 bills from a television stand.

Radics told police the incident may be connected to a "prank gone wrong" that he and others had pulled the previous night on Benjamin Ibbitson, a mutual friend of Radics and Lacombe. Radics said he had a party, and that one of his friends put a frozen chicken nugget in Ibbitson's mouth when Ibbitson was falling asleep. Later, Radics said, Ibbitson passed out and several of the people decided to shave a small part of the back of Ibbitson's head with a beard trimmer.

Somebody at the party videotaped the prank, and the next day, several messages about it were exchanged via Facebook Messenger, according to the affidavit. Lacombe, a friend of Ibbitson, was not present at the party, according to the affidavit.

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