Local Man Accused of Breaking Into Residence on Colbert Avenue, Attempting to Enter Two Other Apartments

| March 16, 2023

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A local man is behind bars after police say he attempted to break into three residences in Oil City on Monday evening.

Court documents indicate the Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 28-year-old Romero Andrew Donald, of Oil City, on Tuesday, March 14, in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office.

According to a criminal complaint, Oil City Police were dispatched to a residence on Colbert Avenue around 4:46 p.m. on Monday, March 13, for a report of a “black male with long braided hair on (the victim’s) porch attempting to break in.”

The caller stated he does not know the male, and the suspect yelled he was going to “kill the dog,” the complaint states.

While en route, officers were advised that a juvenile male at a nearby residence on Colbert Avenue had a male with the same description trying to break into his residence, the complaint indicates.

Upon arrival, officers observed a male matching the description come off a porch of one of the residences. Officers took this male into custody and were able to identify him as Romero Donald, the complaint notes.

Upon speaking with Donald, he admitted to drinking, and he had an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person, the complaint states.

Officers spoke with one of the residents who provided a video of Donald on the porch and kicking the door, the complaint indicates.

Officers then spoke with the other resident, who stated that Romero attempted to enter his residence and caused damage to the main door, the complaint notes.

Officers were then approached by a third resident who explained that Donald entered her residence and threw items around in the kitchen area. The female resident and her two-year-old child fled the house to a neighboring apartment, the complaint states.

The female further stated that after Donald left her residence, she went back and locked the door. Shortly after she returned, Donald again tried to get inside her residence, the complaint indicates.

Donald was arraigned at 11:07 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, on the following charges in front of Judge Fish:

– Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2 (three counts)
– Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Misdemeanor 3
– Terroristic Threats W/Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense, Misdemeanor 3 (three counts)
– Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct, Summary

Unable to post $2,500.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Venango County Prison.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, at 1:30 p.m., in Venango County Central Court with Judge Fish presiding.

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Jacob Deemer is a reporter for EYT Media Group, who is based out of Venango County. He started his career as a sports writer for a local newspaper before contributing to TheHockeyWriters.com as a beat writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has spent over 5 years covering sports, crime, and local news in Venango, Clarion, and Jefferson Counties.
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