Massachusetts man charged with invading neighbor’s home, making him drink vodka

Scott Topham charged with armed home invasion, kidnapping and other crimes after bizarre incident.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   Oct. 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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(UPI) -- According to police, a Massachusetts man was so desperate for a boozing buddy that he broke into his neighbor’s house and forced him to have a drink.

Scott Topham of Waltham, Mass., has been charged with armed home invasion, kidnapping, threats to commit a crime and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after he allegedly broke into his neighbor’s house during a strange incident in the early morning hours of Oct. 24.

Topham, 29, went to his neighbor’s home and began banging on the door while holding a bottle of vodka. After a resident answered the door, Topham allegedly forced his way into the house and made his way to kitchen. The victim followed him and was then shoved into a chair by Topham.

Topham then allegedly produced a knife and ordered the victim to drink the vodka; the victim took a drink. Topham then told the victim he "has harmed people before and he is not afraid to kill someone," according to Waltham Police Captain Steven Champeon.

Topham also poked the victim twice with the knife, Champeon said.

Hearing the commotion, the victim’s roommates descended on the kitchen and were able to force Topham out of the house. Police arrived on the scene and arrested Topham after conducting an investigation. No one was injured during the incident.

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