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Rural Valley man jailed on charges of breaking into house twice

| Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 12:31 a.m.

A Rural Valley man was committed to Armstrong County Jail on $100,000 bond when he was charged with breaking into a woman's house twice and threatening her daughter with a hatchet early Tuesday morning.

Cassie Adam Buzzard, 32, of 923 E. Main St., Rural Valley is accused of breaking into 266 Second St., Yatesboro, about 3 a.m. by climbing through the second-story window of his former girlfriend's house, according to a criminal complaint.

He woke up Carrie Mcilwain, 37, and her daughter, Isabella, 18, by yelling that he wanted his phone, state police said. The mother managed to coax him out onto the porch and as her daughter said she would call police, Buzzard yelled he would “be in the woods before police could get there,” the complaint said.

Buzzard then “picked up a small handle ax and raised it in the air toward Isabella,” approaching the teen as if to strike her with it, the complaint said.

Mcilwain slammed the door in his face and called police. When troopers arrived, Buzzard could not be found.

About 4:30 a.m., he returned and forced his way into the house, police said. Mcilwain called police and locked herself in an upstairs room until their arrival. Buzzard was arrested at the house when police arrived.

Buzzard is charged with felony trespassing, aggravated assault and burglary at night while someone was in the house. He was also charged with misdemeanors of reckless endangerment, terrorist threats and simple assault.

Buzzard had been charged with harassment on Thursday because of an incident at the home. He was told — and agreed — not to return to the house, police said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled in the courtroom of District Judge Samuel R. Goldstrohm at 1 p.m. Monday.

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