HALFMOON - A Clifton Park man broke into his estranged wife's Halfmoon apartment and disconnected a surveillance camera while she hid in an upstairs bathroom, authorities said.
Nivaldo P. Oliveira, 40, was arrested last week on charges of second-degree burglary, a felony, along with fourth-degree stalking, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned and ordered held.
Oliveira is accused of illegally entering the woman's residence on Feb. 9 at about 10:30 p.m. He then remained inside and concealed himself under the couch for a period of time while the woman, as well as a child, hid in the upstairs bathroom and the woman called 911, according to allegations filed in court. He also disconnected a camera there, state police said.
According to the allegations, he fled without interacting with the woman or child and before authorities arrived.
State police then caught up with Oliveira on Feb. 12 and arrested him.
Just eight days before the Feb. 9 incident, Oliveira was charged with misdemeanor trespass and child endangerment on similar accusations, according to allegations filed in court for that case.
In the Feb. 1 incident, Oliveira is accused of entering the residence without permission and remaining there after being told several times to leave. He is also accused of closing a child's arm in a door while trying to stop the woman from leaving, according to the allegations.
Oliveira is due to appear again in court next week.