Ax-wielding intruder charged with burglary, assault, more

Published 11:21 am Monday, October 2, 2023


A Hustonville man was arrested and charged with burglary and assault after police said he entered a home and engaged in an altercation with one of the residents.

On Thursday Sept. 28 at 9:30 p.m., Danville Police responded to a burglary in progress at a residence on Cecilian Terrace. Immediately upon arrival, officers were directed inside the residence by the homeowner, whose adult son was engaged in a confrontation with the intruder. Upon entry, officers encountered both subjects and were able to take the suspect into custody. The perpetrator was wearing only a gray hooded sweatshirt and no pants upon arrest. He was identified as, 26-year-old Michael Torres II of Hustonville. Torres showed numerous signs of impairment and was speaking irrationally and had told the homeowners and police that he was “looking for peace” and that people were trying to kill him, police said.

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Prior to the burglary Danville Police had flooded the neighborhood after three separate calls of a suspicious person, all matching the description of Torres. During the burglary investigation it was determined that Torres had entered the residence on Cecilian Terrace through either a window or unlocked door. Torres had rummaged through the basement and shut off the home’s electricity by tampering with the breaker box. This prompted the residents of the home to start investigating. Unbeknownst, to the residents Torres had made his way upstairs into the living area and had retrieved half hatchet riggers’ axe from the basement. After checking the breakers downstair and returning upstairs, Torres came from behind and attacked 54-year-old Jeff Fieberg with the blunt end of the hatchet. Fieberg defended himself and an altercation ensued. Fieberg was able to hold the handle of the tool while Torres was holding the other end.

The altercation briefly stopped as Fieberg attempted to calm Torres, who was talking erratically. Fieberg was able to hold off any other assault attempts by Torres and police arrived withing two minutes of the 911 call being made. Torres was arrested and after receiving precautionary medical treatment at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center was lodged in the Boyle County Detention Center on charges of; burglary 1st degree, assault 1st degree, disorderly conduct 2nd degree, menacing, criminal mischief 3rd degree, indecent exposure 2nd degree, and public intoxication. Fieberg was also treated at EMRMC for minor injuries sustained during the attack.