Man’s New Year starts with billy club beating

Anthony Williams (left) and Nicholas Barker (right) courtesy Allen County Sheriff's Department.

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) Police arrested and charged a man for burglary, battery and intimidation Wednesday. Anthony J. Williams, 20, was arrested after he and another man, Nicholas Baker, broke into the mobile home of James Rice with a shotgun and a billy club, according to the affidavit for probable cause.

Rice told police he was sleeping on his bed January 1 when two men in masks broke into his unlocked home located in a mobile home park in New Haven. According to court documents, Rice was beaten in the legs several times with the billy club while one of the men held him at gunpoint.

After interviewing Rice, police obtained a search warrant for a mobile home behind his home. Once inside, police found a shotgun and a large wooden stick along with a pool stick and two masks.

During an interview with one of the men at the mobile home, Barker told police he entered Rice’s home with a shotgun. He told police he was with Williams when Rice was beaten. They were upset about how Rice was treating his roommate and they told Rice he had ten days to move out.

Barker faces charges of burglary with a deadly weapon, intimidation with a deadly weapon, battery by means of a deadly weapon and pointing a firearm.

Police said the men did not take anything from Rice’s home.

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