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Greensburg man charged with stalking, intimidating witness

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Friday, May 30, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

A 32-year-old Greensburg man was ordered held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $100,000 bond on Wednesday for allegedly stalking and harassing a woman on May 18 that he was accused of assaulting.

Patrick R. Carns, 32, was awaiting a preliminary hearing for a May 5 incident when he allegedly went to a Hempfield woman's home after a bicycle trip, physically assaulted her and punched a man at her home, according to state police.

According to police reports filed before Youngwood District Judge James Falcon, Carns and both victims met in Youngwood for a bicycle trip. After the outing, the woman went to her house about 6:30 p.m.

A short time later, Carns arrived and confronted her in the driveway, police said.

“You didn't talk to me on the bike ride,” a visibly angry Carns allegedly told the woman before following her into her home, according to a report filed by Cpl. Michael McElfresh.

During the confrontation, the woman was able to telephone the other bicyclist who was on the bike ride, and he arrived a short time later, McElfresh reported.

Carns allegedly punched the man in the face. The woman told police that Carns choked her, then physically attacked her as she attempted to escape.

Carns was arrested later on May 5 and was jailed on simple assault, indecent assault and harassment charges. Court records indicate Carns' mother posted his $5,000 bond in that case.

Trooper John Zalich said that at about 5:50 p.m. on May 18, police received a report that an unknown man was attempting to break into the woman's home. She later recognized the would-be intruder as Carns, according to police.

He was arraigned before Falcon on charges of intimidation of witnesses, stalking and criminal trespassing and ordered to jail after failing to post $100,000 bond.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 8.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

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