Franklin Man Accused of Breaking into Residence, Forcing Victim to Drive Him to Erie

| October 9, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin man is facing felony charges following an incident that occurred on Monday in which he allegedly broke into a victim’s residence and intimidated the victim into driving him to Erie.

Court documents indicate the Franklin Police Department filed criminal charges against 45-year-old Walter Warren Andrews.

According to a criminal complaint, around 10:52 a.m. on Monday, October 7, Officer Brownlee, of the Franklin Police Department, spoke to a known victim who related that around 7:45 that morning, he came downstairs, and found Walter Warren Andrews in his home.

The victim stated that he asked Andrews to leave, and Andrews refused. The victim also reported that he observed the handle of a knife in the sleeve of Andrews’ sweatshirt and noted that he was very frightened by the situation, the complaint states.

The victim told Officer Brownlee that Andrews begged him to drive him to Erie, and noted that because he was scared of what Andrews might do to him with the knife, he felt that he was forced to drive him to Erie. The victim also noted that Andrews took four beers from his refrigerator and drank them while the victim drove him to Erie.

Andrews was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, on the following charges:

– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
– False Imprisonment, Misdemeanor 2
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 3

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, with Judge Kirtland presiding.

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