Hearing Date Set for Punxsy Man Accused of Breaking Into House, Stealing Woman’s Purse

BELL TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A hearing has been scheduled for a Punxsutawney man facing theft and related charges after he allegedly broke into a woman’s home and stole her purse.

Court documents indicate 34-year-old Joshua Philip Agnello, of Punxsutawney, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24.

He faces the following charges:

– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Communicate Repeatedly and Inconvenient Hours, Misdemeanor 3

According to a criminal complaint, around 3:54 a.m. on Friday, August 23, Trooper Munsee, of the Punxsutawney-based State Police, was dispatched to an active burglary at a single-family residence on State Route 36 in Bell Township, Jefferson County. He arrived at the scene around 4:25 a.m. and interviewed a known female victim.

According to the complaint, the victim related Joshua Agnello had been attempting to enter her residence since approximately 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, and explained Agnello had been knocking on the doors and windows, wanting to be let inside. He then allegedly broke the front door, reached inside of it, and gained entry to the residence by unlocking the door handle.

The victim reported that once he was inside, Agnello traveled to the victim’s bedroom, where she was laying in bed with her three daughters. The victim then contacted 9-1-1 because she feared for her safety, the safety of her daughters, and of her mother, who was also present in the house.

The complaint notes that once he was inside the bedroom, Agnello allegedly took the victim’s purse, which contained approximately $200.00 cash, a paycheck for approximately $158.00, and a Samsung cell phone valued at approximately $150.00.

According to the complaint, a scuffle ensued between Agnello, the victim, and the victim’s mother, for possession of the victim’s purse, and Agnello then fled the residence on foot with the victim’s purse in his possession.

Agnello was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock at 3:40 p.m. on August 23.

He remains free on $10,000.00 unsecured bail.

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