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Laurel man arrested for armed invasion of ex-girlfriend's Annapolis home

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Posted at 9:29 AM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 09:29:22-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A 20-year-old Laurel man was arrested for the armed home invasion of his his ex-girlfriend’s house, Annapolis Police said.

Eric Burns was arrested and charged with 10 criminal counts including home invasion, numerous handgun violations and assault charges for breaking into the home in the unit block of Juliana Circle in Annapolis at about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Burns had been in contact with his former girlfriend who lived at the house, exchanging phone calls and text messages after their break up, police said. In some of that communication, Burns threatened to kill the woman. Burns eventually drove to the woman’s house wearing a black coat with the hood pulled up, a knit hat, a face mask, and dark colored pants.

As Burns tried to enter the house, an adult man was standing in the doorway, police said. Burns brandished a handgun at the man, who slammed the door to the house shut, but Burns kicked it open in his pursuit of the woman. After searching the home looking for her, Burns instead encountered several other of the home’s residents but not his ex-girlfriend. He then fled the area in his car.

Police were contacted after the incident and began an investigation. Burns was still communicating with the woman and threatening her, but detectives communicated with Burns directly and persuaded him to come to the Annapolis Police Department, police said. He was arrested at the station.

Police are investigating another, unrelated robbery in Annapolis.

A house in the 100 block of Conley Drive was broken into at some point between 7:35 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. on Wednesday, police said. The burglar entered the home through an unlocked door, police believe, stealing jewelry and two 21-inch flat screen televisions.