Police: Worcester man arrested in Webster after holding victim at gunpoint during home invasion

WEBSTER, MASS. (WHDH) - A Worcester man is facing attempted murder charges after authorities say he forced his way into an apartment in Webster on Sunday and threatened one resident at gunpoint during an apparent attempt to collect a debt.

Officers responding to a report of a resident assaulted with a firearm at 40 Lake St. spotted 27-year-old Omar Abu as he was attempting to run out a back door, according to Webster police.

Abu was found to be in possession of a small semi-automatic pistol and taken into custody, authorities said.

A preliminary investigation determined that Abu had traveled to the apartment with the intent of collecting some money that was owed to him from one of the residents.

At one point during the incident, Abu allegedly pulled out a pistol and pointed it at one resident’s forehead. A struggle is said to have ensued and the police were called.

There were no reported injuries.

Abu is charged with attempted murder home invasion three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery to collect a loan, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a license, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony

He is being held on $100,000 bail pending an arraignment Monday in Dudley District Court.

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