Man trapped in Greensburg burglary and threats
A homeless man is being held without bail after Greensburg police say he attempted to break into a woman’s home and repeatedly threatened to kill her.
Michael Patrick O’Connell, 46, is charged with burglary, terrorist threats, common assault and criminal mischief.
The woman reported the situation involving O’Connell, who she had previously dated, to police at 10:30 p.m. Monday. court papers.
He ripped off the cameras and called the woman while she was at a relative’s house, police said. During the call, which was recorded by the parent, the woman asked him for help with mental health issues.
O’Connell responded by threatening to kill her, according to a transcript of the conversation provided by police in court documents.
“Your (expletive) life is over tonight,” he said according to court documents.
The woman was worried that O’Connell would be home when she returned, so she decided to drive by and spotted him on South Hamilton Avenue. O’Connell called her and threatened her as she chased her car and the woman drove to the police station, court documents show.
Police found him in the same area and said they determined that O’Connell smashed the glass of a window in the woman’s home in an attempt to enter. He was arraigned Tuesday morning and District Judge Chris Flanigan refused bail citing a risk to the community, court records online show.
He did not have a lawyer listed in court records online. A preliminary hearing on October 14 is set.
O’Connell was sentenced in 2019 to eight to 23 months in Westmoreland County Jail, followed by five years probation on charges of stalking and terrorist threats, according to court records online. He was ordered to undergo a mental health assessment in the 2018 case filed by North Huntingdon Police.