Matinicus Island residents subdue alleged burglar
Matinicus — An island resident was charged with burglary and terrorizing after police said he was caught in the act and subdued Monday night, July 30 by neighbors of the potential victim.
Law enforcement officials arrived at the woman's house at about 11:30 p.m. and found that William J. Daniel, 34, had been subdued by neighbors, who had answered the victim's call for help, according to Sheriff Donna Dennison.
The victim said she was upstairs in her home at about 9:30 p.m. and heard someone in the house downstairs. She did not know the intruder and repeatedly asked him to leave but he refused, said Dennison.
"He threatened to burn the house down and had forced his way in," Dennison said.
The victim called for help on a marine channel and began yelling for help so that her neighbors could hear.
Several neighbors arrived and detained Daniel until law enforcement arrived.
Deputy Larry Heseltine of the Knox County Sheriff's Office went to Matinicus from Vinalhaven to respond to the call for help. Deputy Sheriff John Hansen and Brian Tolman of the Department of Marine Resources joined Heseltine from the mainland.
Daniel was arrested and transported to Knox County Jail. He has been charged with burglary, terrorizing and criminal mischief, Dennison said.
Dennison praised the "island folk" for being "strong, resourceful and caring" in the situation.
"Living on an island may have its disadvantages, but its advantages are considerable," said Dennison.
Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.