Sen. Gordon Rogers’ acquaintance accused of breaking into his home

Foster police share this booking photo of Patrick Lucas.

FOSTER, R.I. (WLNE) — A Rhode Island state senator’s acquaintance is accused of breaking into his home last week.

Police responded to a Cucumber Hill Road home just before 6 p.m. Thursday for a breaking and entering in progress.

Sen. Gordon Rogers told police that Patrick Lucas broke into his home. He then hit him and left him briefly “unconscious,” read a police report obtained by ABC 6 News.

When police arrived, they heard yelling from the second floor of the home. There, Rogers was standing near the stairway with Lucas laying on the ground.

When asked why he was inside the senator’s home, Lucas told police to “go [expletive] yourself.” When asked again, he said, “Be quiet or I will give you something to eat.”

Police said Lucas’ eyes were watery and bloodshot and his speech was slurred.

Lucas, who’s from Foster, was arrested and continued to berate the officers, read the report.

Rogers told police that no one else was home and that the back door was unlocked during the incident.

According to the police report, the senator was heading to the second floor of his home to get some printed documents.

“When he was near the top of the stairs, he observed a subject move towards him,” read the report.

When Rogers asked Lucas, “What are you doing here?” Lucas replied with, “Let’s go.”

That’s when Lucas is accused of grabbing Rogers’ shirt collar in a “gesture that he found threatening,” prompting the senator to hit the suspect twice in the face.

“Mr. Rogers relayed that Mr. Lucas fell and hit the back of his head on the ground, and went unconscious,” said the report.

Police said that Rogers told officers he’s acquaintances with Lucas but didn’t invite him over and didn’t know why he was at this home.

Lucas was charged with breaking and entering and assault.

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