Charleroi man accused of break-in, assault

August 1, 2014

A Charleroi man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he allegedly entered a Charleroi home without permission and then got into a confrontation with one of the residents.

Philip Maslyk, 60, of 12 Walnut Ridge Road, is accused of entering a home at 634 Lincoln Ave., just before 5 p.m.

Charleroi Regional police were called for a report of a burglary in progress.

A woman could be heard in the background screaming for police. When police arrived, they saw Kelly Miller outside. She told police Robert Thorpe was inside their home fighting with a man in the kitchen.

Police entered the kitchen and told Thorpe to step away.

Maslyk was ordered to kneel on the ground by police. Maslyk reportedly kept trying to reach into his pockets as police ordered him to keep his hands where they could be seen.

When Maslyk again reached for his pocket, the officer deployed his Taser, and Maslyk dropped to the floor.

Miller and Thorpe told police Maslyk got into the home by using a key that Thorpe leaves out for his son.

When Miller screamed, Thorpe ran down the stairs and encountered Maslyk in the kitchen.

Maslyk reportedly punched Thorpe in the face. Thorpe told police he grabbed Maslyk in a headlock.

Maslyk, who did work for Thorpe’s brother, reportedly told the two he could come back to get them after he got out of jail.

Maslyk told police he walked into the house and was invited inside. He denied using the key, claiming the door was unlocked. He told police he was there for about five minutes before the fight broke out.

Maslyk was treated at the scene. Thorpe was taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital for treatment of chest pains.

Maslyk was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault and disorderly conduct.

He was placed in Washington County jail on $15,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 14 before District Judge Larry Hopkins.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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