Crime

Man damages apartment, breaks in after told he’s not welcome back, police say

A man is facing felony charges in Centre County after allegedly breaking into a State College apartment.

According to the criminal complaint filed by State College police, officers were called to an apartment along the 100 block of Adams Avenue on April 22. A resident there reported two of his friends had come to visit two days earlier but trouble had recently started.

The resident told officers that after returning from the Penn State Blue-White football game, the friends had started acting out, police said, becoming rude and aggressive. They reportedly began destroying property, including breaking a coffee table and lamp and had punched holes in the wall, smashed doors and damaged the rain gutters.

After both left to go to a downtown bar, the resident and his roommates decided not to let them back in the residence, police said. They placed their belongings in the friends’ vehicle and taped notices on the back and front doors.

When the friends returned, the resident met them on the porch and told them they were not welcome back, police said. One of the friends, Christopher S. Cunalata-Castella, 21, of Long Branch, New Jersey, reportedly punched the resident, knocking him out.

The two then left the area, police said. The resident sought treatment at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Cunalata-Castella later returned to the house, police said, trying to get in. He allegedly damaged a glass window and door frame before removing the screen to the resident’s bedroom and crawling in through the window.

At that point, officers were called to the residence, police said. Cunalata-Castella had reportedly lacerated his fingers, and blood was found on the front door and window sill.

The resident reported losing consciousness for about 10 seconds after being punched, police said, and said his evaluation at MNMC revealed a concussion and lacerated lip.

Cunalata-Castella was arraigned Friday before District Judge Steven Lachman, according to court documents, and charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespassing and misdemeanor charges of simple assault, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. Unsecured bail was set at $25,000.

A preliminary hearing is slated for June 21.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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