Paul Garcia II, 25, 6943 Weiss Road, Apt. 1, New Tripoli, and Marcus Vought, 25, 50 W. Ridge St., Apt. 3R, Lansford, face charges from an incident which took place 10:25 p.m. March 14 at 249 E. Patterson St.
Felony charges of criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit burglary against both men were filed by Officer Joshua Tom. Vought is charged with an additional crime of possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe and committed to prison.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Officer Tom and Officer Jason Helmer were called to the home by a Michael Curry of the same address. Curry said that two men had just chased him down the street and that he had run into his home. A few seconds later, the same three males entered his property and began kicking at the back door, kicking it open.
Curry told police that two Hispanic men entered the kitchen and began turning on lights and opening inside doors. A man identified as Garcia went out onto the back porch. another man, identified as Vought, began going through the house, looking for Curry.
Police arrived seconds after Curry called, and saw Garcia exiting from the back porch. Helmer secured Garcia as Tom went into the house, where he saw Curry standing in the kitchen, holding a knife. Curry said that another man went into the living room after breaking into his house. He identified another man as Jacob Bynon, but said Bynon had not come into the house. Curry said Bynon fled when the others broke in.
Tom took the knife from Curry, then turned his attention to Vought, who was coming out of the living room.
Both Vought and Garcia were arrested and taken to the police station with the help of Summit Hill police.