Police: Man Breaks into Woman’s House, Resists Arrest

SYKESVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A Sykesville man is facing criminal charges for burglary and resisting arrest following a break-in that occurred last month.

According to court documents, 39-year-old Daniel Earl Brantley Jr. is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 29, on the following charges:

– Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforce, Misdemeanor 2
– Obstruct Administration of Law/Other Government Function, Misdemeanor 2
– Criminal Mischief/Damage Property Intentional, Reckless, Or Negligent, Summary
– Disorderly Conduct Engage In Fighting, Summary
– Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct, Summary

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Sykesville Borough in late April.

According to a criminal complaint, around 7:32 p.m. on April 30, Sykesville Borough Police were dispatched to a residence on North Park Street.

At the residence, Officer Campbell observed broken glass from the front door on the walkway leading to the residence.

While Officer Campbell was approaching the residence, Daniel Earl Brantley Jr. exited it “head first” through the closed door that had the glass broken out of it. Brantley then stood up, looked at Officer Campbell, and yelled: “We have to get to the helicopter.”

Officer Campbell asked Brantley to turn around to have his hands secured for his own safety. Brantley gave Officer Campbell his right hand, and it was secured in a handcuff, but when Officer Campbell asked for his other hand, Brantley attempted to run away, and said “We need to go,” the complaint states.

Officer Campbell repeatedly told Brantley to stop resisting, and Brantley reportedly continued to try to pull away. Officer Campbell then took him to the ground and got his hands cuffed in front of his body, the complaint continues.

When Officer Campbell attempted to move Brantley to his patrol vehicle, Brantley began to resist again, so Officer Campbell kept him on the ground until backup arrived at the scene, according to the complaint.

When Pennsylvania State Police and Reynoldsville Borough Police arrived, Brantley was then handcuffed in the back of his body and had zip-tie cuffs placed on his legs to keep him under control.

The complaint notes that while the state troopers were switching Brantley’s handcuffs from the front to the back, Brantley had a taser used on him, but it did not seem to affect him.

An ambulance then arrived at the scene, and Brantley was transported to Penn Highlands DuBois Emergency Room where he was secured by officers and hospital staff.

Officer Campbell then spoke with the know female victim at the scene.

The victim reported that Brantley broke the glass on her back door and crawled through the hole to gain entry to her residence. When she asked him what he was doing, he did not respond and just walked past her. She noted when he walked past her, he brushed against her, and she felt that he was sweaty and clammy. She reported he then went upstairs for a few minutes, then came back downstairs and walked to the front door, where he broke the glass in the door and jumped through the hold to exit the residence, according to the complaint.

The estimated amount of damage to the doors was $385.38.

Brantley was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana at 3:15 p.m. on May 6.

Unable to post $40,000.00 monetary bail, he remains lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Court documents indicate Brandley is also scheduled to stand for another hearing in front of Judge Inzana at 11:30 a.m. on May 29 on disorderly conduct, harassment, and related charges from an incident that occurred on March 27.


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