Howard man tried to break into Bellefonte residence, police say

A Howard man faces criminal charges after allegedly attempting to break into a Bellefonte residence.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Bellefonte police, an officer responded in early March to a residence along the 100 block of North Spring Street for a reported trespass in progress. On the scene, the officer was met by the female resident who said reported trespasser, Kevin Runkle Jr., 41, had left the area.

The woman reported that Runkle had been drinking the prior day and started a fight with her, police said. He eventually left, but reportedly continued to harass her and family members by phone.

She told the officer Runkle had shown up drunk at her back door that day, police said. When she wouldn’t let him in, he allegedly started punching and kicking the back door, breaking the window, door lock and door frame.

He also reportedly attempted to get into the basement by breaking the basement door, police said.

The officer located Runkle along Wilson Street, police said. He claimed he had a fight with the woman because she would not allow him to get his things from the residence.

He denied kicking the door and breaking the window, police said. The officer reportedly noted that his knuckles were scraped and bleeding.

Runkle was arraigned via summons Friday by District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker, according to court documents, and charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief and summary charges of harassment and disorderly conduct. A preliminary hearing is slated for Nov. 22.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews