Cases Progress Against Area Teens Accused of Baseball Bat Assault, Burglary

REYNOLDSVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – The cases against two area teens accused of burglarizing a Reynoldsville home and assaulting a man are progressing through the court system.

(Pictured above: Scylar Vaughn Muirhead.)

According to court documents, 18-year-old Scylar Vaughn Muirhead, of DuBois, waived his preliminary hearing on January 30 on the following charges:

– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Criminal Mischief-Tamper W/Property, Misdemeanor 3

Muirhead remains lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on $60,000 cash bail.

His case is working its way through the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

Brenton Scott Rodkey, 17, of Karthaus, is scheduled to appear at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, February 22, in front of District Judge David B. Inzana for a preliminary hearing on the following charges:

– Aggravated Assault, Felony 1
– Aggravated Assault – Felony 2
– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Criminal Mischief-Tamper W/Property, Misdemeanor 3

Police said due to the charge being aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Rodkey was charged as an adult. He remains lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on $100,000.00 cash bail.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, Reynoldsville Borough Police Chief Troy Bell was contacted by state police about a burglary and assault that occurred on Tuesday, December 19, at a Jackson Street residence. He was told that the victim was at Penn Highlands DuBois.

The complaint states that the known man who reported the crime was at the victim’s house waiting for police. The man stated that the victim suffered a severe gash on his forehead. The man helped the victim with the wound, and he stayed at the house after the victim left, according to the complaint.

The victim told the known man that he believed Muirhead was one of the men involved, the complaint states.

Chief Bell observed the interior of the home and saw several blood drops in the porch area. In the kitchen, Bell saw blood all over the kitchen area and blood splatter on the wall, according to the complaint.

The basement was also in disarray, and there was more blood in that area. The glass in the rear door of the basement was shattered with glass on the floor and outside on the back porch as well as in the backyard, the complaint indicates.

There was also a green, plastic cup with several quarters in it and more scattered on the ground, according to the complaint.

Chief Bell learned that Muirhead was staying with his girlfriend at a Brown Street residence.

When the victim left the hospital, he gave a written statement to the police.

According to the complaint, the victim stated that around 5:20 a.m. he heard a noise but didn’t pay much attention because he thought something had fallen.

A few minutes later, the victim saw his dog standing at the basement door, wagging its tail. When the victim went to the doorway and turned the corner to look into the basement, he saw someone in the stairway. Almost instantly, the victim felt a blow to his face, realized he had been hit, and retreated to his living room while yelling, the complaint states.

The victim said he believed Muirhead was one of the men in his house at the time of the assault because he had met him earlier in the week while he was with his cousin.

Chief Bell and Officer Winfield both reviewed video camera footage of area businesses and establishments and saw both men – Rodkey and Muirhead – on camera behind the Eagles Club. They received a call from the borough building that a man was there to provide information about the incident, according to the complaint.

When police met with the man, he told them he had talked to Muirhead about the incident, and Muirhead said he felt bad about it. The man also said Muirhead told him that Rodkey had carried and used the bat to assault the victim.

Both suspects told the man they tossed the bat in a neighboring backyard, and Rodkey begged the man to not say his name, the complaint indicates.

Officer Winfield then left the station and found the bat in a small weeded area behind a Jackson Street residence. Chief Bell said he met Officer Winfield and photographed the bat. Both officers said they were told both suspects were at a Brown Street residence, according to the complaint.

Chief Bell and Officers Murray and Winfield went to the residence with State Trooper Diaz and Cpl. Stutsman. They found Muirhead sleeping inside, and although he initially resisted police efforts, he was taken to the station and requested an attorney, the complaint indicates.

Muirhead’s father then stopped at the station around 6:11 p.m., and Muirhead allegedly said to him, “I didn’t go up the steps,” according to the complaint.

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