CLARION TWP., Pennsylvania (EYT) – A Clarion man is behind bars after allegedly breaking into his neighbor’s apartment and trying to suffocate his dog because he “kept barking”.
Court documents say Clarion-based state police have laid criminal charges against 26-year-old Michael john bell.
According to a criminal complaint, on Saturday, October 9, Clarion-based State Police were dispatched to a residence on Fraternity Drive in Clarion after a known victim reported finding blood on the residence’s front door. when she arrived home.
When the police arrived at the residence, they observed a trail of blood on the cement leading to a wooden staircase leading to the victim’s apartment. Police found fresh blood on the front door and the door handle of the apartment, which was open, with the door jam and the frame broken inward. There was also a trail of blood running through the entrance to the residence to a back bedroom and blood on the bedroom door handle, the complaint says.
When police questioned the victim, she said she noticed blood on her door when she arrived home. She then entered her apartment and noticed that her dog was locked in her room although he had not been locked in the room when she left.
The victim told police that she locked the door to her apartment when she left.
According to the complaint, the police then followed the trail of blood leading from the victim’s apartment to another apartment on the lower level of the building where police found blood on the outside of the doorknob. .
Police then contacted Clarion County 9-1-1 and were informed that Michael john bell, who resides in the downstairs apartment, was transported from his residence earlier in the day due to dog bites, and he was admitted to Clarion Hospital.
Police then proceeded to Clarion Hospital to speak to Bell.
According to the complaint, when asked how he was injured, Bell told police the new tenant who moved in above him had a dog that “kept barking”. Bell reportedly said he “got angry”, went upstairs and knocked; however, no one responded. He tried to open the door, but it was locked, so he forced the door open by hitting it with his shoulder.
Bell reported that after entering the apartment, he found the dog on a sofa in the living room and yelled at him to “shut up”. He reported that he picked up the dog, and then bit it. He told police he then locked the dog in a room at the back of the apartment and returned to his apartment, where he called 9-1-1, according to the complaint.
The complaint indicates that Bell had lacerations on his hand corresponding to a dog bite.
After being released from Clarion Hospital, Bell was arrested by police. He was then questioned about his intentions when he entered the victim’s apartment, and he allegedly told police that when he picked up the dog, he hugged it. He said he tried to suffocate the dog, the complaint says.
Police then contacted Clarion County District Attorney Drew Welsh, who approved the charges against Bell, according to the complaint.
Bell was arraigned before Judicial District Judge Jarah Lee Heeter at 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 9 on the following counts:
– Burglary – Overnight accommodation, No person present, Crime 1
– Criminal intrusion – break-in in the structure, Felony 2
– Cruelty to animals, offense 2
– Criminal mischief – Damage to property, misdemeanor 3
Unable to post a monetary bond of $ 25,000.00, he was incarcerated in the Clarion County Jail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, chaired by Judicial District Judge Duane L. Quinn.
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