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West Branch man accused of burglary, stalking

Boone L. Barton
Boone L. Barton

WEST BRANCH — A West Branch man threatened to harm a woman and forced his way into her home, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Boone L. Barton, 39, arrived at a West Branch home Dec. 23, and although there was protective order against him and he had been asked to leave several times, Barton stayed for several days, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities said Barton took the woman’s cellphone and the cellphone of a child also living in the home. Barton was verbally abusive and hostile to the woman and the child, causing them to fear for their well-being, the sheriff’s office said. Barton also threatened to stab the woman’s eyes out, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office said Barton left the residence at one point, and the woman locked him out. However, Barton broke back in.

He was arrested Thursday. He faces charges of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; stalking, a Class D felony; first-degree harassment, an aggravated misdemeanor; domestic assault — second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor; and violation of a protective order, a simple misdemeanor. He remains in custody on a $45,000 bond.

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