A rookie Atlanta police officer posted bond Wednesday after he was arrested on home invasion charges in Henry County.
Officer Phillip Barresi, a Jonesboro resident, drove to a home in Locust Grove where his ex-fiancée was staying with her sister and parents, according to a police report. Police said Barresi kicked down the door, forced his way inside the Draba Lane home and threatened the woman and her family.
He had his service weapon on him and was in full uniform.
The alleged incident occurred Nov. 28.
Barresi told detectives he “accidentally kicked the door open,” according to the police report. He told them he “regretted his actions” but was “extremely upset” after his ex allegedly broke into his home.
The woman, a family member of a Channel 2 Action News reporter, told police she did not break into Barresi’s home. She said she had gone to the house to get some of her and her baby's possessions that she had left.
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Barresi, who was sworn in March 17, was placed on paid administrative leave until further notice, Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard told Channel 2.
A male resident of the house said he heard the doorbell ring repeatedly, then heard someone kicking at the door four times. The door then broke open, the report said.
The resident saw Barresi in his APD uniform come into the home with his hand on his gun and yell out several things, some of which he could not remember because he was "so frightened," the report said.
The resident's wife said her husband asked her to call police, the report said. She then heard Barresi say, "(expletive) da police," then he ran out the front door, the report said.
Barresi also is charged with second degree criminal damage to property.
He posted a $15,000 bond Wednesday and was released, according to the Henry County jail. His preliminary hearing was rescheduled to Dec. 30 at 8:30 a.m. at the jail courtroom.