BURRILLVILLE – A 39-year-old Burrillville man has been charged with multiple felonies after allegedly attacking his 62-year-old neighbor.
Brandon Stanley, 39, of 126 Church St., was arrested on Tuesday, March 3 after what police described as a “lengthy investigation,” of an incident from February.
Stanley is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon, assault on person age 60 or older, and kidnapping, all felonies, as well as disorderly conduct.
According to reports, the victim, a 62-year-old man, visited police headquarters Tuesday, Feb. 25 wearing a sling to report that he had been assaulted. The victim told police he had been serving as the property manager and living in the same apartment building as Stanley for more than a month. He said he knew the landlord of the Pascoag property through church, and had been asked to serve as Stanley’s mentor.
The previous day, the victim said Stanley called him sounding panicked and asked him to go upstairs to his apartment right away. The man told police Stanley dead-bolted the door behind him, and he noticed two knives on a nearby bed.
The victim said he felt uneasy and went to unlock the door, but Stanley shoved him back and ordered him into the living room. He then wedged a chair under the door handle to prevent the victim from leaving, according to reports.
Arrest reports on the incident portray a rambling conversation in which Stanley accuses the neighbor of conspiring against him. When the older man saw the opportunity, he told police he tried to flee, but Stanley chased him with a knife, pinning his arm in the doorway to prevent him from leaving.
Stanley reportedly began to punch the victim, and during the assault, the man received a laceration to his thumb and a puncture wound to the left side of his chest.
The incident continued for another half hour with Stanley holding the man against his will, while the victim tried to reason with him to let him go.
When interviewed, Stanley reportedly told police the incident occurred because he had taken cold and flu medication that made him paranoid.
Stanley was brought to 6th District Court for his arraignment and was later remanded to the Adult Correctional Institute.