More Penn State students facing charges in burglary case

Charges have been filed against two more Penn State students in a case of alleged trespassing and burglary in one of the on-campus dorm rooms.

According to Penn State police, Nyles C. Davidheiser, 19, of Pottstown, and Mohamed El Din Jalal, 18, of Princess Anne, Md., both face felony and misdemeanor charges related to reports that a group of students entered Curtin Hall with the intent of confronting a separate student.

Three students — Emile Pitt, Joseph Bird and Ayub Sayed — were bound over on Nov. 29 on charges related to the reported incident. According to police, a group of students had confronted the resident at Curtin Hall on Nov. 16 regarding an issue of money and lost drugs.

The resident had been assaulted, police said, and had money taken from his wallet. Several charges were dropped against Bird and Sayed at the preliminary hearing.

Charges stemming from the incident were filed against Davidheiser and he was taken into custody on Nov. 29, according to court documents. Felony charges of robbery and burglary were eventually withdrawn, but one felony charge of robbery and misdemeanor charges of defiant trespassing and theft by unlawful taking were processed to the county Court of Common Pleas.

Testimony by police at the preliminary hearing for Pitt, Bird and Sayed indicated Davidheiser had been one of the members of the group who made entry into the dorm room. He posted $75,000 bail on Dec. 6 and was released from custody.

According to the affidavit filed by Penn State police, Jalal had trespassed into Curtin Hall with three other individuals involved in the incident on Nov. 16. He was arraigned Thursday before District Judge Steven Lachman and charged with a felony count of criminal trespassing and a misdemeanor count of defiant trespassing.

Unsecured bail was set at $25,000. A preliminary hearing is slated for Dec. 20.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews