NEWTOWN SQUARE–On Oct. 30 at approximately 7:05 a.m., Newtown police responded to the 400 block of Summit Avenue for a domestic incident. Police were advised by the dispatcher that a man had broken into a home.
According to the report, the homeowner's son was not allowed at the home but had woken up the mother that morning trying to get through the back door of the home. The mother went to meet the son at the back door and had not let him in, according to the report.
The son then went to the front of the home and had entered through an unlocked window. The son then allegedly told his mother that he had killed someone the night before and that she was next, according to the report. The son then left the home.
Upon arrival to the home, police met the mother outside on the driveway who told police that her son was in the back of the home and may have a weapon. Police observed the 27-year-old man in behind a small structure in the back yard of the home.
When police ordered the man out from behind the structure, the man emerged with a large-handle shovel as if to use it as a weapon, according to the report. The man began yelling and cursing at police to go away. While yelling at police, the man began to advance toward police before dropping the shovel, turning and running, according to the report.
Another officer responded to the scene and gave chase to the fleeing man. According to the report, the man started running toward his parked truck on Campus Boulevard but continued running into the wooded area behind Drexel Lodge Park.
Police were able to capture the man in the wooded area of the park between West Chester Pike/Rt. 3 and Campus Boulevard. The man was arrested and charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, and criminal trespassing.
Magisterial District Judge Leon Hunter set the man's bail for $50,000 with a 10 percent option (non-monetary condition). The man was unable to post bail and remains in Delaware County Prison. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 13.