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Amherst police arrest 20-year-old man found sleeping in town resident’s home

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Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

AMHERST — A college-age man who got into an Amherst home by breaking a window was arrested early Sunday morning after being found by a homeowner sleeping inside the dwelling, according to Amherst Police.

Samuel Drew, 20, of Andover, was arrested at 4:36 a.m. at the Cherry Lane home on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime to commit a misdemeanor, said Amherst Detective Nicholas Chandler.

Drew appeared to get inside the home by smashing the window, but was only discovered when a resident woke up early and found him. 

Similar incidents involving college-age people entering homes are not uncommon and residents are reminded to keep their doors and windows locked.

Police remained busy with other calls for service during the weekend, with the most significant being a loud party with a disc jockey at a West Street home, with the four tenants possibly on the hook for $2,400 in fines.

The following four men were arrested on charges of violating the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws: Jeremiah Agustin Castillo and Paul Joseph, both 21 and of Boston, Kevin Pina, 21, of Roxbury, and Matthew O. Samuels, 21, of Dorchester.

Police took the first report of loud noise at the home at 11:20 p.m. and returned at 12:26 a.m., spending more than an hour clearing the party-goers. There was significant traffic in the neighborhood, as well as a live disc jockey at the home and people chanting in unison to the music playing.

In addition to the underage people, officers noticed smoke detectors covered up, which could mean additional consequences for the tenants from the fire inspectors.

During the weekend, 11 people were arrested for liquor law violations, an additional 11 people summoned and five issued warnings.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.