Man accused of breaking into home in Franklin

From staff reports

A Franklin man is facing felony charges for allegedly breaking into a residence in the 400 block of Grant Street in Franklin and coercing the homeowner to drive him to Erie.

Franklin police said Walter Andrews, 45, was discovered in the Grant Street residence by the homeowner at about 7:45 a.m. Monday. The homeowner told police he asked Andrews to leave, police said.

Andrews refused and instead begged the homeowner to drive him to Erie, police said.

The homeowner told police he could see the handle of a knife sticking out of the sleeve of Andrews’ sweatshirt and, fearing what Andrews might do if he refused, felt he was forced to drive Andrews to Erie, police said.

Andrews also removed four beers from the homeowner’s refrigerator and drank them on the drive to Erie, police said.

Andrews was charged with felony counts of burglary-overnight accommodation/person present and criminal trespass-enter structure and misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and theft by unlawful taking of movable property.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday evening, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled Oct. 16 in Venango County Central Court.