Police use taser to take down Billerica home intruder

Posted: 11/22/12 at 12:10 am EST      Last Updated: 11/22/12 at 11:18 pm EST

BILLERICA, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police were forced to use a taser to take down an intruder that broke into a Billerica home and assaulted the residents with a metal tool.

The young couple, Gary Sessa and Jackie Carr said it was like a horror movie. A man they don't know banged on their door, barged into their home and immediately started throwing punches and swinging a weapon.

"I opened the door and he just grabbed me and started hitting me in the face, pushed him off of me and asked what his problem was,” said Sessa.

Sessa said he and his girlfriend were sleeping when this man, 49-year-old Bryce Hardy from Florida, started banging on the door, yelling for a girl they don't know.

"He said, ‘where's my daughter, where's my daughter, I know she's in here. Where's Lindsay, she's here…I know it,’" said victim, Jackie Carr.

"I was standing right here, saying you're not coming in. And he said I don't care if the cops have to come I know she's here,” said Sessa.

Sessa said that's when Hardy started to swing a 4-foot metal level, breaking the glass window in the door.

"He's trying to push me out of the way, he's hitting me with the level. He finally pushes me in here ‘cause we have like a seat. He knocks my photo down and stuff and he’s pushing me in here and there's glass all over the floor,” said Sessa.

And then it gets worse. The couple said Hardy started to go upstairs where Jackie was hiding on the phone with police.

"But I really got scared when he came upstairs and he was standing in my bedroom, staring at me with a 4-foot level. I didn't know that Gary was behind him,” said Carr.

Police said they had to use a taser on Hardy five times and one of the officers was accidentally tasered while trying to handcuff the suspect.

They believe the crime was random, and he had no connection to the house or the couple that lives there.

"I thought he was high, or drunk or something,” said Sessa.

"Now I'm realizing just how absolutely crazy he was,” said Carr.

Billerica police thought the suspect must be suffering from a mental illness so he was first taken to a mental hospital. The victims said the suspect is being held without bond. Police have said the suspect is charged with home invasion and assault and battery.

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