Brockway Man Accused of Baseball Bat Assault Faces Preliminary Hearing Today

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – The preliminary hearing for a Brockway man facing criminal trespass and related charges after allegedly breaking into a Brookville residence is scheduled for Wednesday.

According to court documents, 45-year-old William Robert Winkelman, of Brockway, is set to appear at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday in District Judge Greg Bazylak’s office.

Winkelman faces the following offenses:

– Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Terroristic Threats W/ Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1

A Brookville woman who was also allegedly involved in the incident, 28-year-old Ashley Nicole Aaron faces the following charges:

– Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1

She waived her preliminary hearing November 20 and had her case transferred to the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

Jury selection for Aaron’s case is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on April 10 with President Judge John H. Foradora presiding.

Case Details:

According to the criminal complaint, Brookville Borough Police Officer Vince Markle responded to a call from a Brookville man who lives on Pickering Street.

The known Brookville man stated that around 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, Winkelman and Aaron came to his residence. Aaron attempted to climb through a window and got stuck. The man then helped Aaron out of the window. Aaron didn’t live there and had only been to the residence twice before. Aaron didn’t have the resident’s permission to be there, according to the complaint.

The known Brookville man told Officer Markle that Winkelman then charged into his house, carrying a baseball bat in an attempt to take his ex-girlfriend out of the residence. The man said he was sleeping in the living room and awoke to Winkelman standing over him with the bat.

The known man said he wanted Winkelman and Aaron charged with burglary and trespassing, the complaint indicates.

According to Officer Markle, he spoke with Winkelman who offered the following statement:

“I did go to (the known Brookville man’s) residence to try to talk with my ex-girlfriend and get her to come home with me. The front door was not locked, and I did enter the residence to find (the known man) sleeping on a chair. I went back to the bedroom to wake (the known woman) and try to get her back home. (The known man) woke up mad at me and came into the bedroom and started to get me to leave. (He) took the bat from me, and Ashley Aaron yelled ‘We have to go.’”

Officer Markle then spoke with Aaron who made the following statement:

“I went to (the known Brookville man’s) residence with Winkelman, and the door was locked. So, I went through a window that was unlocked.”

Winkelman is free on $50,000.00 unsecured bail; Aaron is free on $30,000.00 (10%) cash bail.


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