standing Stonington Police Department

STONINGTON — A Pawcatuck man is facing charges including felony home invasion after the police said he forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s South Street home early Saturday morning and assaulted her before fleeing when she escaped and called police.

Stonington officers were called to Stonington Borough shortly before 3 a.m. after the victim, who was not identified, reported she had escaped from her ex-boyfriend, 27-year-old Walter William Heibel III, after a struggle.

Heibel, of 259 N. Anguilla Road, was charged following the incident with felony home invasion while someone is present, second-degree breach of peace, second-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault and criminal violation of a protective order. According to Stonington police, Heibel was held in lieu of bond and was expected to appear for arraignment in New London Superior Court on Monday.

According to police, the victim was home when Heibel broke into her apartment and attacked her. The police said the victim fought back, suffering injuries that were not considered life-threatening, and she was eventually able to escape.

The victim ran to a nearby business, the police said, and called for help. When officers arrived at the home, a police report said there was property damage and evidence of a struggle. K-9 Odin was called in and did a scent of the home, but determined that Heibel was no longer there.

A search of court records also found an order barring him from contacting his ex-girlfriend.

The police said based on information obtained during the investigation, Heibel was located nearby and was taken into custody without further incident.

For Heibel, the incident marks his third domestic-related arrest in the past two years, including an incident in March 2018 in which Stonington police said he broke into the same ex-girlfriend’s home and proceeded to send her pictures of himself inside.

According to police and court records, Stonington officers were called to the victim’s South Street apartment around 7 p.m. following reports of a loud outdoor argument between Heibel and a woman he knew. The police spoke with the woman, as well as a witness, who told officers that Heibel had broken into the woman’s apartment.

Heibel was charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace following the 2018 incident. Court records show that in October, he pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree breach of peace and was sentenced to serve 90 days in prison.

He was also charged on July 1 with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree assault stemming from an incident at his North Anguilla home. That case is still active, court records show.

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