, Newburyport, MA

March 18, 2013

Two arrested for inhaling vapors

Both men have criminal histories

By Dave Rogers
Staff Writer

---- — 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.

Minutes later, the suspect approached the victim, asking her what all the commotion was all about and said he heard someone fall down the stairs and run out of the house. Police then spoke to the victim, who mentioned Harkness might have seen the home invader.

As police were combing the area looking for the suspect, officers went up to Harkness’ apartment and began talking to him. Police noticed he looked nervous and was out of breath. They also noticed a black hat and black clothing on the ground that matched the description given by the victim.

When police went into the apartment, an officer spotted three shirts that the victim had reported missing from her closet.

Eventually, Harkness admitted his involvement, saying to police, “I screwed up,” according to the report.

Bilodeau is also a convicted felon having been found guilty in December 2011 of trying to intimidate the mother of his child to give him money so he could hang out with friends rather than buy medicine for his sick baby. Judge Allen Swan found him guilty on the charges of carrying a dangerous weapon (brass knuckles), threatening to commit a crime and witness intimidation. Bilodeau was also found guilty of violating an abuse prevention order, trespass and reckless endangerment of his child.

Last month, Bilodeau was found guilty of receiving stolen property worth less than $250 and sentenced to one year in a house of correction, with 70 days deemed served and the balance suspended for a year. He, too, was to remain drug and alcohol free with random screens.