Police: Man Forced His Way Into South Scranton Home

February 27, 2019

SCRANTON — A man forced his way into the South Scranton apartment of a woman who had a protection-from-abuse order against him and then shoved her once inside, police said. Nathaniel Powell, 25, who is listed as homeless, was charged with burglary, criminal trespass and harassment after the incident Monday at 131 Belvedere Drive, police said. Racquelle Surico initially called 911 around 7 a.m. after hearing knocking at her door and windows, and officers searched the area but found no one, police said. Believing officers had returned when someone knocked again, Surico opened the door and Powell forced his way in as she attempted to keep him out, shoving her aside as he went upstairs, police said. Surico’s sister called 911. Powell, who police said had several outstanding warrants, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Paul Keeler and held in the Lackawanna County Prison on $150,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing Monday at 10:30 a.m. — DAVID SINGLETON