DANBURY -- A New York City man was arrested Monday morning after police say he tried to force his way into his estranged wife's apartment in the middle of the night, armed with a large fixed-blade combat knife.
Officers found Ernest Cambridge, 34, lurking around the back deck of the woman who lived downstairs from his wife at a condominium complex on Triangle Street, Danbury police spokesman Capt. Thomas Wendel said.
The woman was apparently awakened by noise about 4:30 a.m. Monday and called the police.
"Maybe he was getting up onto one deck and going to climb up onto another," Wendel said of Cambridge's reason for being on the woman's deck.
Officers arriving on the scene spotted Cambridge nearby, clad in all black, carrying a black knapsack, police said. A search of the bag turned up a ladder and gloves, Wendel said.
As he was being processed at police headquarters, Cambridge tried to swallow a handcuff key that police said he had been carrying, Wendel added.
Cambridge and his wife, whom police did not identify, were estranged, according to Wendel.
Cambridge faces charges of first-degree criminal attempt to commit burglary, eight counts of possession of burglary tools, interfering with the duties of a police officer, breach of peace and criminal impersonation, Wendel said.
He was also charged with two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon, police records show. It was unclear whether he has a military background.
Wendel said Cambridge's wife had not filed for a restraining order against him.
Cambridge was held in lieu of $250,000 bail and later arraigned at state Superior Court in Danbury.
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