Pottstown Man Awaits Preliminary Hearing

UPPER POTTSGROVE PA – A 25-year-old Pottstown man remains in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility as he awaits a Sept. 6 (2016; Tuesday) preliminary hearing on burglary and other charges stemming from his arrest earlier this month, according to county criminal docket sheets. Upper Pottsgrove police allege he broke into a Sageview Drive home.

Nikolajs Villafane is accused of burglary, attempted burglary, criminal trespass, possession of an instrument of crime, criminal mischief, and drug-related charges, docket sheets stated, after he was captured attempting to flee police who responded to a home owner’s call for help Aug. 15 (Monday) shortly before midnight in the Coddington View housing community.

The home owner called 9-1-1 to alert dispatchers she had been suddenly awakened and noticed a male standing in her living room, a police department press release reported. Dispatchers notified officers the suspect had fled the home after being confronted by the victim. They continued collecting information from the victim and broadcast it to nearby departments.

Responding officers spotted a subject fitting the description of the fleeing suspect as he rode a bicycle in the same community. He was detained, and a subsequent investigation led to the discovery of evidence “that directly connected this subject to the burglary,” according to the press release. The suspect was later also positively identified by the victim, it added.

Officers at the scene claimed the suspect “made a forced entry into the victim’s home by smashing out a sliding glass door in the rear of the property.” Their investigation is continuing, the release stated.

Villafane was jailed following his preliminary arraignment after failure to post a cash bail set at $25,000, docket sheets show. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for the Gilbertsville court room of Magisterial District Justice Maurice H. Saylor.

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