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LaJose man held in alleged burglary in Mahaffey

Poeta also faces assault charges

CLEARFIELD — A LaJose man faces charges for allegedly breaking down a door in a Mahaffey residence, chasing a woman to a neighbor’s home and then assaulting her by punching her in the head.

Charles John Poeta, 42, was charged with burglary and felony criminal trespass, as well as two misdemeanor counts each of assault and disorderly conduct, and one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief for his actions at the Clearfield County home on April 29.

The victim told police that Poeta’s mother called her explaining that he was upset about a couple of movies she had borrowed. His mother then arranged to pick up the movies herself because the victim didn’t want him in her house, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Just after Poeta’s mother left her residence, the victim said she saw Poeta walking up the road toward her home. She ran back into the house and locked the door. Poeta allegedly shattered the door and entered. The victim ran out the back door to her neighbor’s house, as he ran behind her, yelling. She told investigators as she got to the neighbor’s door, “the next thing I knew I was laying on the ground and he was standing over me, punching me in the head.”

Poeta reportedly punched her two or three times and kicked her once in the ribs before his mother was able to pull him off her. Her father also came on the scene and kept Poeta at the residence until police arrived.

During Centralized Court on Wednesday in Clearfield County, Poeta waived his right to a preliminary hearing sending his case to the Court of Common Pleas. He is being held at the county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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