LEOMINSTER — On Friday, May 13, at 10:17 p.m. Officers Christian Schwartz, Michael Dingman and Tyler Labell of the Leominster Police Department responded to a breaking and entering call at 146 Fifth Street Apt. #2.
According to the “narrative for patrol” of Officer Schwartz, “Upon arrival, Officer Dingman and I ran towards the home, a female Billie Jeanne…was pointing and yelling ‘he’s in the house, second floor!’”
As the officers continued running toward the apartment, Jeanne trailed them, shouting, “up the stairs, the door is unlocked, my boyfriend has him!”
After opening the apartment door, officers took in the strong odor of gasoline that had enveloped the entire area and observed a woman (later identified as a neighbor) standing in the kitchen with a baseball bat repeatedly yelling, “in the back, in the back!”
The officers entered the back left bedroom where Jason Evers, Jeanne’s boyfriend, was holding down Dominic Caserma, 29, of 208 Fifth Street, Apt. #2, Jeanne’s ex-boyfriend.
Evers released Caserma at Officer Schwartz’s command, according to Schwartz. Officers Schwartz and Dingman then “rushed in and grabbed Domenic’s arms” before Schwartz put him in handcuffs.
Officer Schwartz then noticed that Caserma and the backpack that lay beside him were covered in gasoline.
Officers Schwartz and Dingman escorted Caserma out of the apartment building where they talked to Evers who explained that Caserma is his girlfriend’s ex and even though she has an abuse prevention order out against him, he continually “shows up” at their apartment.
However, this time Caserma managed to get through the front door, which Evers believes was locked. Carrying a camping-style torch in one hand, a lighter in the other, and a backpack with a gas can in it, Caserma ran into Jeanne’s bedroom, jumped on top of her while she was asleep in bed and tried to set them both on fire yelling, “I have nothing else to live for!”
Evers, who was in the living room when Caserma broke in, managed to wrestle him into the right corner of the bedroom until police arrived. Officer Schwartz said that Caserma “was covered in blood and had many gashes on his face,” which Evers explained was from the altercation.
Both Jeanne and Evers declined medical attention.
After Officer Cunningham read Caserma his rights, Officer Schwatrz said Caserma looked at him and said, “I’m going away on this one!” When Schwartz asked Caserma what happened, he said that “he was getting ‘egged on’ to come over, so he did.”
When Schwartz asked him why he had a gas can, torch and lighter, Caserma initially said it was for his motorcycle back home, then recanted and said he was “homeless” and didn’t have a motorcycle.
Caserma was transported to the police department for booking then sent to Leominster Hospital for “noticeable damage to his right eye,” according to Officer Cunningham’s statement of facts.
Cunningham added that while Caserna was being treated at Leominster Hospital, he “made several utterances to the reason why he broke into ‘the house.’” Including, “I wanted her to make her suffer and make her pay with her life!”
Caserna was later transported to Boston Medical Center for severe trauma to his right eye and committed to Bridgewater State Hospital while he awaited his arraignment on May 16.
Caserna was charged with attempted murder, attempted arson, assault with a dangerous weapon, home invasion and violation of abuse prevention order, domestic assault and battery.