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March 18, 2013

Two arrested for inhaling vapors

Both men have criminal histories

AMESBURY — A Main Street man on probation since last September for breaking into his former neighbor’s apartment and then touching her while she slept is in trouble with the law again after he was picked up by Seabrook police Saturday following a traffic stop on Route 1 near McDonald’s.

Cody Julian Harkness, 20, 209 Main St., was one of three Amesbury residents arrested Saturday.

Harkness and Alexander Corey Bilodeau, 19, 14 Lincoln Court, Amesbury, were charged with inhaling toxic vapors for effect. Nicole D. Mead, 20, 53 Market St., Amesbury, was charged with possession of controlled/narcotic drugs. They were arrested by officers Frank Brown Jr. and Raymond Berube.

A 13-year-old juvenile also was placed in protective custody for drugs at the scene.

Last September, Harkness pleaded guilty on charges of nighttime breaking and entering and indecent assault and battery. Judge Peter Doyle sentenced him to a total of six months in a house of correction, but suspended the sentence for two years. Per his probation requirements, Harkness was to remain drug and alcohol free with random screens for two years and attend psychological counseling.

In December 2010, Harkness was arrested by local police in his then third-floor apartment, but only after a search of the surrounding area that involved multiple police officers and the department’s K-9 unit.

According to a report written by Amesbury police officer Larry Bybee, it appears the victim, a then 42-year-old woman, didn’t know it was her upstairs neighbor who sneaked up into her bed that night.

Harkness, according to the report, opened a door found in the common area of the three-story house that led into her closet. Once in her closet, he snuck up to her bed and touched her upper body.

The victim then woke up and yelled an expletive at him. The suspect, wearing a black hat and black clothing, laughed as he ran through the closet, breaking off both doors and fleeing the apartment.

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