TOWANDA — Three Philadelphia residents are in the Bradford County Jail after they allegedly attempted to break into a Towanda home and assaulted the homeowner on Thursday.

Samantha Henry-Coleman, Davon K. Abner and Eric D.D. Russell have all been charged with one first-degree felony count of both aggravated assault and burglary. They are also facing one count of criminal trespass, a second-degree felony; one count of criminal mischief, a second-degree misdemeanor; one count of disorderly conduct, a third-degree misdemeanor; and one count of harassment, which is a summary offense.

Henry-Coleman is also facing one count of false identification to law enforcement, which is a third-degree misdemeanor.

The Pennsylvania State Police were called to Center Street in Towanda just after midnight on July 4 for an attempted burglary. The trooper that arrived “observed shattered glass to the screen door and the main door of the residence.” The metal frame of the doorway was also damaged.

According to police, the victim stated that his ex-girlfriend — Henry-Coleman — and two males had showed up to his house and attempted to kick his door and strike the door with a metal pipe.

The victim was standing on the inside of the doorway, holding the door shut to prevent the suspects from making entry.

According to the affidavit, the victim was struck with an unknown object on the left shoulder. The trooper on scene observed “a swollen mark and a small, open laceration on the left shoulder.” There was also “a small, open laceration on the left ear of the victim,” according to police.

Police watched security camera footage and observed a White Chevrolet Tahoe pull into the driveway of the Center Street home. Henry-Coleman exited the vehicle with two males, who were later identified as Abner and Russell, and approached the doorway.

“A visible altercation took place at the doorway, and the actors were seen striking and kicking the door,” the affidavit said. “Then, Russell was seen running back to the vehicle, grabbing a metal pipe out of the trunk of the vehicle and returning to the doorway.”

The trooper said the video showed the suspects swinging the metal pipe and striking the doorway. The sound of the glass on the door breaking was also audible on the security footage, according to police.

The suspects fled the scene after “numerous neighbors” came to the property, according to the affidavit.

Pennsylvania State Troopers out of Laporte conducted a traffic stop on the Tahoe and notified the trooper in charge of the burglary investigation.

The trooper located a black metal pipe with white paint transfer and a damaged end in the trunk of the vehicle. During the stop, Henry-Coleman provided false identification to police.

All three suspects were arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley on July 4 and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $100,000 straight bail. They are scheduled to appear in front of District Judge Todd Carr in Towanda on July 17.

Pat McDonald can be reached at (570) 888-9643 ext. 228 or editor@morning-times.com. Follow Managing Editor Pat McDonald on Twitter @PatMcDonaldMT.

Load comments