Man arrested after reportedly breaking into doctor's office

A St. Joseph man is behind bars after police say he broke into a Stevensville doctor's office.

18-year-old Karrington James Penny is now being charged with Breaking and Entering, Felony Damage to Property and Resisting and Obstructing Police.

His initial bond is listed at $10,000.

Police say Penny broke into the office of Dr. Frederick Born in the 4000 block of Cleveland Avenue in Lincoln Township just after 11 p.m. Monday.

A physician assistant working late on some paperwork was inside at the time and heard the sounds of glass shattering and a man yelling. She stayed on the phone with dispatchers, hiding under her desk, until police arrived.

According to Chief Dan Sullivan of the Lincoln Twp. Police Department, “the initial dispatch is not of huge concern, although it’s a priority call, I think it ratchets up when you have a witness inside or a potential victim that’s inside the building with the perpetrator that is calling in and talking to dispatch.”

Police from Lincoln Twp., the Michigan State Police and St. Joseph responded to the call. Inside the reception area of the office they found Penny, covered in blood and injuries he sustained when he reportedly broke through the two double-paned glass doors.

After a brief struggle, Penny was tased and taken into custody.

“Upon confronting him they weren't sure if he was armed or not but they could clearly see that he was injured,” said Sullivan, “when he failed to comply with their verbal commands they tasered him only long enough to get him handcuffed and taken into custody.”

Penny was taken to a St. Joseph hospital where he was treated for his injuries and then taken to the Berrien County Jail.

Police are still investigating the incident. The suspect told police he did not remember what had happened. Witnesses say they saw a vehicle stop and a man get out, lose his balance and then run directly into the front door of the office. The vehicle then left the scene.

The office was closed on Tuesday. A board was put in place where the glass door front was broken, and a sign was posted that read “We’re sorry for any inconvenience but the office is closed today!”

Employees were working out of the back offices, avoiding smatterings of blood on the walls, doors, floors and desktops. As they waited for carpet cleaners and door repairmen to arrive they said the entire incident “hits close to home.”

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