Hawthorn Man Accused of Breaking into Mother’s Home, Found Lying on Bed with Gun

brinkerHAWTHORN, Pa. (EYT) – A Hawthorn man is facing burglary and related charges stemming from an alleged incident that occurred in the Borough of Hawthorn, in Clarion County.

According to online court documents, Clarion-based State Police filed criminal charges against 34-year-old Matthew Paul Brinker, of Hawthorn.

According to a criminal complaint, “on September 29, 2016, the victim (Matthew Brinker’s mother) told (him) to leave her residence on Maple Street in Hawthorn Borough; he was no longer welcome there.”

The complaint states that around 11:30 p.m. on October 9, 2016, Brinker appeared at “his mother’s residence” on Maple Street in Hawthorn Borough. “His mother was in bed and heard someone on the back porch. When she went to see who it was, she saw (Brinker) inside the porch holding what appeared to be alcohol. She opened the door and spoke with (Brinker) and discovered he was drunk.”

According to the complaint, “when she told him to dump out the booze, (Brinker) poured it out onto the floor of the back porch.”

The victim then closed the door, locked it, and went back to bed. She heard (Brinker) banging on the door and yelling for her to turn out the porch light. She again got out of bed and turned off the porch light. She told (Brinker) to sleep in the garage, and she went back to bed, the complaint indicates.

The victim then heard “(Brinker) kicking the door open. She feared for her safety, so she locked herself in her bedroom. (Brinker) then forced open the locked bedroom door,” according to the complaint.

The victim continued to fear for her safety, so she locked herself in the adjoining bathroom where she called 911. The only exit was through the bedroom, the complaint continues.

Upon PSP Clarion Officer Gezik’s arrival, he “found (Brinker) in his mother’s bedroom laying on her bed. He was armed with a loaded .45 cal. H&K handgun which was in a holster in the small of his back,” according to the complaint.

Brinker was arraigned at 4:00 a.m. on October 10 in front of Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller on the following charges:

  • Burglary – Overnight Accommodation, Person Present, Felony 1
  • Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
  • Harassment – Course of Conduct W/No Legitimate Purpose, Summary

Unable to post $20,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on October 18 with Judge Miller presiding.


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