Children call 911, hide in closet after man bursts into home armed with knife

(Sharon Police Department)
(Sharon Police Department)

A man accused of breaking into a home with three children inside and assaulting a woman was arrested late Thursday by police in Sharon, Massachusetts.

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Police said they received 911 calls about a man with a knife who had broken into the house on Billings Street around 11:25 Thursday night and assaulted someone. Some of the children made the calls, police said.

An officer responded to the house and found the suspect, Ricardo Francis, "enraged" in an upstairs bedroom and subdued him at gunpoint, according to a news release. The children were locked inside a closet with their father while Francis stabbed the door with a knife, police said. Investigators say he smashed a picture frame over the mother's head and chased her three children upstairs, armed with a knife.

Police said the woman was assaulted and sustained injuries that were not life-threatening. The children were not harmed.

Police said the suspect's only connection to the house was that he crashed into a vehicle that was at the end of the house's driveway.

Court psychiatrists told the judge Francis claims he has no memory of the alleged attack.

Francis, of Hyde Park, is being charged with armed home invasion and multiple felonies, and is being held at Bridgewater State without bail while he undergoes a mental health evaluation.