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Pittsburgh man charged with breaking into Washington Township home, assaulting occupant

November 23, 2018

A 37-year-old Pittsburgh man was arrested early Wednesday and charged with breaking into a Washington Township home to assault and threaten a woman who lived there, police said.

Ricardo O. Jackson was arraigned before District Judge Jason Buczak on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, resisting arrest, harassment and two counts of making terroristic threats.

Buczak ordered Jackson held in the Westmoreland County Prison after he failed to post $200,000 bond pending a Nov. 19 preliminary hearing.

Officer Kenneth Sebastian Jr. said a caller directed police to the home along Hoover Drive just after 3:30 a.m. for a report of an intruder being inside and a domestic disturbance, according to court dockets.

Sebastian reported that, when he arrived, he heard a loud argument coming from inside the residence. When he was let inside by an occupant, Sebastian said he saw Jackson exiting a second-floor bedroom.

“The male was ordered to show me his hands and he refused to show me his right hand,” Sebastian said.

Sebastian reported in court documents that Jackson had to be Tased to be taken into custody.

Court documents said the victim and Jackson had a prior relationship. Sebastian said the victim reported that Jackson entered the home by opening a sliding glass door on a second floor balcony.

According to police, the victim said she awoke with Jackson standing over her in her bedroom, threatening “to kill” her and he repeatedly struck her face.

″(Jackson) told her he had no problem with doing 10 more years in jail,” Sebastian said in the affidavit.

According to online dockets, Jackson has an extensive criminal history in Allegheny County dating back a decade for assaults, illegal possession of firearms, theft and drug-related complaints.

As Jackson was being placed in the patrol car, Sebastian alleges that Jackson also threatened to kill him.

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