Trial Date Set for Accused Rapist Who Allegedly Attempted to Break Into Clarion Borough Residence
CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A trial date has been set in Clarion County court for a 22-year-old man who allegedly attempted to break into a residence in Clarion Borough. He has also been accused of rape in Westmoreland County.
Court documents indicate a jury trial has been set for Friday, April 26, for 22-year-old Terrell Deontae Fields, of Arnold, Pa., on the following charges:
- Criminal Attempt – Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
- Loitering And Prowling At Night Time, Misdemeanor 3
- Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Summary
He remains lodged in the Clarion County Jail.
Jury selection for the case is scheduled for Monday, March 18, with President Judge James Arner presiding.
The charges stem from an incident at a residence on Merle Road in late September of 2018.
Details of the case:
According to a criminal complaint, around 11:50 a.m. on Friday, September 28, Officer Wright, of the Clarion Borough Police Department, was dispatched to a residence on Merle Road for a possible break-in. He arrived at the scene and spoke with three known women.
One of the women stated that she noticed that the screen and window in her bedroom were opened and that she had not opened the screen or window and was concerned that someone had broken in. She also pointed out that a screen on another window had been torn or cut, the complaint indicates.
None of the females found anything missing from the residence.
It was discovered that one of the women had spoken with a man known as Terrell Fields via Snapchat that day who asked her if she got the alcohol he had left on the doorstep for her the previous night, and the woman responded that she dumped the alcohol because she did not know who had put it there.
The officers then checked the windows of the apartment and observed fingerprints on the outside of a window facing east, as well as fingerprints on the south window where the screen had been damaged.
Clarion Borough Police Chief William Peck IV took the latent prints from the window facing east.
According to the complaint, one of the women learned that to a known business nearby had video footage that faced their residence. Officer Kemmer retrieved the video footage.
The complaint states that a review of the video footage showed a black male with a black t-shirt with a white logo, blue jeans, and white shoes jump over the fence and enter the backyard of the residence.
Clarion Borough Police officers were familiar with Fields from a previous incident at another business in Clarion Borough on Thursday, September 27. They were able to obtain video footage from the other business to match the clothing worn by Fields on that night.
Officer Wright then interviewed the woman who was in contact with Fields.
According to the complaint, the woman said that on Friday, September 28, Fields had continually called and messaged her on Snapchat asking her to drink with him. She stated that she ignored him.
Clarion Borough Police also responded to another incident in the borough that involved Fields.
Around 11:15 p.m. on Friday, September 28, borough police were dispatched to a known business for a man refusing to leave when asked to do so. Officers Scheckler, Foust, and Wright responded and were told by staff at the business that the individual was Fields. Fields was then taken into custody and transported to the Clarion Borough Police Department.
After being read his Miranda Rights, Fields was questioned about the incident at the Merle Road residence. Fields allegedly stated that it was him on the video footage, and he had tried to gain entry to the Merle Road residence to see the woman. He also allegedly admitted to damaging the screen, according to the complaint.
Fields is also facing a trial in Westmoreland County on April 1, 2019, on rape charges.
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