A Lexington man ordered to stay away from a Richmond woman because of domestic issues was arrested by police after he allegedly gained entry into her home through a second-level window.

David Neace, 34, was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with second-degree burglary and violation of a domestic violence order after he allegedly broke into a residence at 310 Irvine St. in Richmond.

The female resident made an emergency call to police, reporting that Neace, who is under a domestic violence restraining order with the female, had illegally entered her home and was still on the premises.

“Officers confirmed the existence of the court order, which prohibited Neace from having any contact with the female,” Sgt. Willard Reardon said.

The story relayed by the unnamed female was that she had been asleep in her home when she was awakened by Neace, Reardon said. As she telephoned for help, Neace ran to the upstairs portion of the home and hid in a bedroom.

“Officers checked the bedroom and found that it was locked,” Reardon said. “After Neace failed to comply with officers’ orders to come out of the bedroom, officers forced entry and found Neace standing in the room.”

Neace was immediately taken into police custody.

The female resident later reported to police that Neace had stolen a small amount of money from her purse while he was in the residence.

It was later determined by evidence at the scene that Neace allegedly had gained entry into the home by climbing onto a porch roof and entering a second-floor window, Reardon said.

No one was injured in the incident.

Neace is lodged in the Madison County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 cash bond.

Heather Harris can be reached at hharris@richmondregister.com or by phone at 624-6694 or 893-2341.

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