A man broke into the home of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, leaving behind photos and paperwork about his mother — who died in a state-run nursing facility, police said.
Lane Forman, 59, entered the Republican governor’s Swampscott home, north of Boston, through an unlocked side door midday Oct. 7 — and left behind an envelope, according to a police report.
When a trooper saw him leaving and questioned him, Forman replied, “Don’t F–k with me. Charlie told me to drop this off,” and then took off, CNN reported, citing the affidavit.
At Forman’s Oct. 8 arraignment, he claimed he had been to Baker’s house twice — both times with permission from State Police, or even Baker himself, The Boston Globe reported.
His intent, he said, was to leave behind an envelope with paperwork and images about his mother’s death and her care at a nursing home, according to the report.
“I dropped by his house a copy of the pictures of what happened to my mother and a police report,” Forman said. “And I slid it in the side door, just like I did last time. I never entered the house.”
Forman claimed Baker was “dear friends” with his parents — and that he “personally” knows the governor, according to the Globe.
He pleaded not guilty to one count of breaking and entering to commit a misdemeanor — and bail was set at $5,000.
The judge ordered him to keep away from the governor and his family and requested a competency evaluation, according to Carrie Kimball, a spokesperson for the office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
In a statement, Forman’s attorney Stephen Reardon told WBZ-TV that it appears his client “was merely dropping off some innocuous documents and photographs that he thought would be of interest to the Governor and had no ill intent.”
“We are confident when all the facts are presented in court this matter will be resolved,” he said.
Reardon told CNN that “there’s no allegation of violence here whatsoever.”
He added that no one tried to stop his client when he drove away from the home.
“And later on they arrested him and charged him with breaking and entering into the home with the intent to commit a misdemeanor,” the attorney said. “They don’t describe what misdemeanor they’re talking about. I’m concerned about that.”
Baker would only tell reporters Wednesday that “everybody’s safe” following the incident.
“That’s the only thing that really matters and that’s all I’m going to say about it,” the governor said.
With Post wires