A 31-year-old man is facing charges that he forced his way into a Billings home Wednesday morning and attacked his ex-girlfriend, who, with her twin sister, fended off the man.
The alleged burglar, James Robert Dill, was arrested later Wednesday after a foot pursuit in Laurel and made an initial court appearance Thursday on charges of felony aggravated burglary and misdemeanor partner or family member assault.
“He was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine,” said Paul Adam, a deputy Yellowstone County attorney.
Justice of the Peace Pedro R. Hernandez agreed with a request from the prosecutor and set Dill’s bond at $35,000.
Police started investigating the case Wednesday after an officer was dispatched at about 8:30 a.m. to a disturbance at a home on the 400 block of Terry Avenue, charging documents say.
Once there, the officer spoke with the woman and her twin sister. The alleged victim was visibly upset and had scrapes on one shoulder, the officer reported.
The woman said Dill is her ex-boyfriend. He had recently become obsessed with her and started stalking her, she said.
Earlier that morning, while alone at the residence on Terry Avenue, she said she spotted Dill peeking through a back window. She checked that all the doors were locked and then called her sister.
Dill left without causing any problems, she said. But she then noticed that a screen from the front window was damaged and lying on the ground.
A few minutes later, her twin sister arrived at the home. At about the same time, Dill also appeared.
He tried unsuccessfully to enter the house through a rear sliding door and then went to a window and started prying it open with a knife, court records say.
The woman yelled at him as he opened the window and tried to keep him from coming inside.
Dill, she said, overpowered her and climbed through the window.
He then chased her to a bathroom, knocking over and breaking a large dresser in the process, records say.
Once in the bathroom, she tried to close and lock the door, but he forced it open and slammed it against her, according to prosecutors. Meanwhile, her twin sister was on the other side of the door, trying to pull Dill away.
The woman said she managed to get her cellphone to her sister, who threatened to call 911 if Dill didn’t leave. He tried to grab the phone and swore at her, before running outside and fleeing in a Maroon Chevrolet Suburban, charging documents state.
The woman said Dill carries a backpack with several knives, a gun and his “needles” for injecting himself with meth.
Investigators tracked Dill, who is on probation and has multiple felony convictions, to Laurel, where the U.S. marshals assisted in arresting him.
An officer observed that Dill appeared to be high. A sample of his urine was collected for testing.
Dill is scheduled to enter pleas to the charges in District Court on Aug. 28.