Burglar armed with fake bomb caught in Stephen King's home

BANGOR, Maine -- A burglar armed with a fake bomb broke into Stephen King's home Saturday and threatened the horror writer's wife before barricading himself in the attic, but was later arrested, police said.

No one was hurt in the incident.


Tabitha King discovered the intruder in her home on West Broadway around 6 a.m., police said.

When she confronted the burglar, he told her he had a bomb in his knapsack, police said.

Mrs. King fled to a neighbor's house, where she called police.

Officers from the Bangor and Brewer Police Departments sealed off the area around the King home before going inside with a police dog named Saber.

Saber found the suspect, identified as Eric Keene, 26, of San Antonio, Texas, barricaded inside an attic room, police said.

'The burglar had barricaded himself in the room and threatened to detonate an explosive and refused to exit the room,' a Bangor Police Department spokesman said, reading from a release.

Saber, however, stood his ground.

'The canine Saber confronted the suspect and caused him to drop what appeared to be a hand-held detonator, dislodging the attached wiring,' the spokesman said.


Officers moved in and arrested Keene.

The Bangor Police Department's bomb disposal team found what appeared to be a homemade bomb in the suspect's knapsack, police said. However, that device turned out to be a fake, police said.

Keene was being held in the Penobscot County jail on charges of burglary and terrorizing, police said.

Police described Keene as a 'burglar' and said there was no indication that he might be a crazed fan of King, who was not home when the incident occurred.

King's books, some of which have been made into movies, include 'Christine,' 'The Dead Zone,' 'Carrie,' 'The Shining' and 'Misery.'

'Misery' involves a fictional author, Paul Sheldon, who becomes trapped in the home of a crazed fan when his car breaks down. The fan, Annie Wilkes, tortures the author into writing a story she approves of.

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