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Police: Unity man accused of assault, attempted rape had burglarized victim's home before

Paul Peirce
| Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 3:18 p.m.
Jeremy J. Jacobs, 34, of Pleasant Unity is charged with trying to rape a woman ater breaking into her home on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, striking her head with a handgun, binding her with duct tape and zip ties.
Jeremy J. Jacobs, 34, of Pleasant Unity is charged with trying to rape a woman ater breaking into her home on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, striking her head with a handgun, binding her with duct tape and zip ties.

A Pleasant Unity man awaiting a hearing for allegedly breaking into a woman's home in August, striking her with a handgun, binding her with duct tape and zip ties and attempting to rape her had burglarized her home last year, state police said in new court documents.

Jeremy J. Jacobs, 34, has a preliminary hearing scheduled Monday on aggravated assault, attempted rape, burglary and robbery charges in the Aug. 18 attack on a Unity Township woman. A native of Louisiana who formerly lived in Greensburg, he has been held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $100,000 bond since his arrest.

Trooper James McKenzie last week filed additional complaints against Jacobs after investigating information from a tipster who reported that Jacobs' girlfriend “was seen hiding something under her trailer” after his arrest.

McKenzie said he obtained a search warrant to look beneath Nicole Pomier's mobile home and discovered a large package wrapped in black duct tape. It held an Arminius .38-caliber handgun, a Taurus 9mm handgun and a .380 pistol, three holsters and an ammunition pouch containing multiple rounds.

All of the handguns had been stolen, McKenzie wrote in the affidavit. The Arminius was reported stolen in an April 2016 burglary of the alleged attempted rape victim's home. Jacobs is now accused of prying open a rear door and taking the gun and prescription Oxycodone and morphine pills, McKenzie reported.

The woman in the August attack, who said she did not know Jacobs, suffered a 2-inch laceration on the head that required four staples to close. Jacobs' girlfriend lives near the victim, police said.

“(Jacobs) dragged victim to her bedroom ... where victim resisted defendant, so he kicked her in the ribs,” McKenzie wrote.

Jacobs then placed the partially bound victim on the bed. She escaped the home when Jacobs “walked across the bedroom to close the drapes,” McKenzie wrote.

Jacobs ran from the home but left the zip ties and tape used during the assault, police said.

McKenzie linked Jacobs to the assault after tracing the tape and zip ties to a Dollar General store in Mt. Pleasant Township, where Jacobs allegedly purchased them a day earlier. Store records indicated he also purchased condoms and blue latex gloves, McKenzie said.

When he was questioned, “Jacobs admitted that he had gone to the (victim's) residence to steal pills or money to obtain pills due to the fact he is a drug addict,” the trooper said.

“Jacobs stated that he had punched the victim in the face and in the side of the head. He denied having a handgun and claimed he had a lighter in his hand, which would have caused the laceration to the victim's head,” McKenzie wrote.

Because Jacobs has a felony conviction in Louisiana for aggravated battery, it is illegal for him to possess firearms, McKenzie said in court documents.

McKenzie alleges that Jacobs stole the .380 handgun from a former bartender at Top Hat Bar-Hotel in Carmichaels, Greene County, whom he dated in 2015 when he worked on oil wells in Fayette County.

The 9mm handgun allegedly was stolen from an East Huntingdon Township home in July 2016 when Jacobs was visiting a friend there, according to court documents.

In an Aug. 28 interview at the county prison, Jacobs admitted burglarizing the attempted rape victim's residence in 2016 and stealing the handgun and pills, McKenzie wrote. He denied stealing the other handguns, McKenzie wrote, claiming he purchased them from other “oil well employees.”

McKenzie filed additional charges of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and illegal possession of a handgun in the firearm thefts before Unity District Judge Michael Mahady last week.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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