SKOWHEGAN — A Waterville man who was issued a summons alleging he tried to break into a home Wednesday night on Weston Street was taken to a hospital because he appeared “paranoid.”

Police Chief David Bucknam said police were called to the home just before 11:30 p.m. by the homeowner, who said a person was trying to break in.

Bucknam said the homeowner confronted the alleged burglar, Michael Bakeman, 27, of Waterville, with a 9 mm pistol. After Bakeman had broken a window, he took off running, Bucknam said.

He said police followed a trail of blood from Bakeman after he broke the window to Tewksbury Hall, where he was found. Police discovered Bakeman soaking wet, incoherent and confused.

“He appeared to be hyperthermic and under the influence of some type of drugs,” Bucknam said, and he appeared to be “paranoid, confused and making incoherent statements.”

Bakeman was taken to a hospital, where Bucknam beleives he remains.

Bakeman was subject to bail conditions not to use or possess drugs or alcohol. Because the hospital would not release him, Bakeman was issued a summons and not arrested. He was summoned on charges of violating conditions of release and criminal mischief. A jail will not take such a person unless the hospital has signed off.

Police are also not sure why Bakeman was attempting to break into that specific home.

“Due to his level of intoxication and whatever drugs he had been on, and with the incoherent speech, we were unable to ascertain why he was trying to get in,” Bucknam said.

Colin Ellis — 861-9253

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