Case Moves Forward Against Man Accused in Violent Home Invasion

BUTLER CO., Pa. (EYT) – Charges against a Clarion County man accused of participating in a home invasion earlier this summer has been held for court.

According to court documents, the case against 35-year-old Patrick Bookwalter, of Rimersburg, was transferred to the Butler County Court of Common Pleas.

He faces the following charges:

– Possession Of Firearm Prohibited, Felony 1
– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Robbery-Threat Immediate Serious Injury, Felony 1
– Conspiracy – Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Conspiracy – Robbery-Threat Immediate Serious Injury, Felony 1
– Aggravated Assault, Felony 2 (two counts)
– Criminal Attempt – Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 2
– Conspiracy – Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Loitering And Prowling At Night Time, Misdemeanor 3
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary (two counts)

Bookwalter remains in the Butler County Jail on $50,000.00 monetary bail.

Jury selection is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on November 9 with a trial to begin at 9:00 a.m. on November 13.

Two others who are charged in the case – Michael L. Bure, 36, of Worthington, and Joseph R. Painter, 34, of Kittanning – are facing burglary, robbery, theft, and related charges.

Worthington is being held on $100,000.00 bail. He had petitioned for a reduction in bail, but it was denied by Judge Timothy McCune.

Painter posted bail in June.

Details of the case:

According to a previously-published story on, Butler-based State Police identified Bookwalter as the person who broke into a home on the 300 block of Petrolia Road in Fairview Township and assaulted Savannah M. Blust and Macklin C. Haye.

Blust and Haye called 911 at 12:50 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, to report that a masked intruder armed with a handgun and pepper spray had broken in and attacked them.

Haye said the attacker, Bookwalter, pepper sprayed him. Blust was awakened by the disturbance, came downstairs, got a butcher knife from the kitchen, and stabbed Bookwalter. Bookwalter then grabbed her and dragged her by the hair.

Blust escaped Bookwalter’s clutches. Later on, Bookwalter pointed a gun at Blust and Haye. He then fled the house, and Blust saw him and two other people running away.

After the 911 call by Blust and Haye, Bookwalter also called 911, reporting he had been stabbed near a bar in East Brady.

Bookwalter was taken to a hospital in Pittsburgh for several stab wounds to his head and back.

Blust and Haye were charged with various drug offenses following the incident after police allegedly discovered evidence of drug manufacturing in the house during the course of their investigation of the home invasion.

State Police discovered evidence of a THC oil and THC wax manufacturing operation in the residence.

Both individuals remain in the Butler County Jail.

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