Cranberry man faces burglary, other charges

A Cranberry Township man is facing charges after being accused of causing a disturbance and attempting to break into a residence on Hill City Road over the weekend.

At about 11:45 p.m. Friday, Franklin state police said in a criminal complaint that they were called to a house on Hill City Road, where Kevin Laroche Jr., 35, ran off into the woods and police lost sight of him. Police then asked witnesses about what had prompted the call to them.

Witnesses told police that Laroche Jr. had returned home from driving his car, which had hit a ditch just before his driveway, damaging the car’s front bumper, the complaint said.

Then Laroche Jr. drove through the yard before exiting his car, began arguing with his girlfriend and became violent and made threats; so witnesses called police, the complaint said.

A witness said Laroche Jr., who lives nearby, was intoxicated and out of control, the complaint said.

Troopers searched the area for Laroche Jr. but were unable to locate him and left, the complaint said.

At about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, police were again called to the same residence on Hill City Road, where Laroche Jr. was beating on the front door, trying to break in and putting the people in the house in fear for their lives and safety, the complaint said.

When police arrived, Laroche Jr. had again run off; so they looked for him following footprints in the dewy grass to a neighboring property where they found him trying to hide, the complaint said.

Laroche Jr. ran, ignoring commands to stop and show his hands, the complaint said.

A trooper then used a stun gun to subdue Laroche Jr., who fell to the ground and then struggled with the troopers all the way to their patrol car, the complaint said.

One of the people who had been trying to keep Laroche Jr. from breaking into the house had a wound on his head that was bleeding, the complaint notes.

Laroche Jr. has been charged with a felony count of burglary as well as misdemeanor counts of simple assault, criminal mischief, DUI, and resist arrest/other law enforcement as well as summary counts of harassments, careless driving and disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned Saturday before District Judge Patrick Lowrey and placed in the Venango County jail after being unable to post bail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27 in Central Court.