DA: Man charged after breaking into Gov. Baker’s home

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BOSTON (WWLP) – A man is facing a breaking and entering charge after authorities say he broke into Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s home in Swampscott last week while his wife and daughter were inside. 

The Essex County District Attorney’s Office confirmed with NBC Boston that Lane Forman was arraigned on October 7 for breaking and entering in the daytime.

Bail was set at $5,000 along with a GPS tracker banning Forman from zones including the governor’s house and Monument Avenue. Forman was also ordered to stay away from Gov. Baker and his family. 

The Massachusetts governor didn’t really want to talk about the incident during a news conference on Wednesday. He did, however, say, “Everybody’s safe, that’s the only thing that really matters and that’s all I’m really going to say about it.”

Police say Forman left a letter inside the home along with photos and documents.

The Massachusetts State Police said further details about this will not be released citing security reasons. A pre-trial date for Forman has been scheduled for November 4. 

Baker’s home has been the site of multiple protests throughout the pandemic, but right now, it’s unclear if Forma’s break-in had anything to do with the protests or the pandemic response. The incident at Gov. Baker’s home comes just one week after the FBI foiled a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The same group involved in plotting against Whitmer also allegedly discussed targeting Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. Right now, it is unclear if Forman has any ties to a group.

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