Police: Charlestown man armed with steak knives and high on bath salts broke into Newport home

Published: 06-17-2024 7:13 PM

NEWPORT — Police arrested and charged a 40-year-old man inside a Newport home who they said was high on bath salts after they had received multiple complaints about a man attempting to break into homes on Chestnut Street.

Adam Hooper, of Charlestown, who was already subject to court-ordered supervision and under a protection order for prior offenses, has been charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor after police said they were called to a residence on Chestnut Street where Hooper had forced entry by throwing himself through the stained-glass window of the front door, according to police.

The home owner told police that the intruder, whom she said she did not know, had been holding a knife and attempting entry through side doors as she warded him off by pointing a hand gun at him before he went around to break through the front door, police said.

The intruder, whom the responding police officer from prior encounter recognized as Hooper, was shirtless and covered in blood when a responding police officer armed with his AR-15 patrol rifle instructed him prone on the floor, according to the police affidavit. Police said they recovered five steak knives on the ground next to the door which they later determined had been taken from another home on the street.

Hooper was assessed to be under the influence of bath salts at the time of his arrest, police said.

Hooper has been charged with felony counts of burglary, being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and two counts of criminal mischief, one of which is a misdemeanor. He pleaded not guilty on the misdemeanor charge and did not enter a plea on the felony charges, according to court records.