Halfmoon Township man charged with robbery, theft

A Halfmoon Township man faces felony charges after allegedly entering a neighbor’s residence and threatening him.

According to the criminal complaint filed by state police at Philipsburg, officers reported Dec. 13 to a Houtz Lane address for a report of an armed robbery. On the scene, the resident stated he had been robbed by two individuals at his apartment the previous night.

The resident identified one of the individuals as Robert R. Partner II, 34, police said, but said the second person was unknown to him.

The resident said that at about 11 p.m. Dec. 12, Partner and the second man had come to his apartment and abruptly entered without permission, police said. Partner had reportedly been irate, saying that his house had recently been “raided” and wanted the resident to tell him why.

The resident reported having no knowledge of what had happened at Partner’s house, police said.

Partner allegedly held a knife with a 7-8 inch blade to the resident’s neck, police said, saying he would “gut him” and “skin him alive.” The other man also reportedly pulled a knife and threatened the resident.

Partner went through the resident’s pockets, taking about $25 in cash, police said. When he left, he reportedly told the resident that “he better not call the cops or he would see to it that he would pay for doing so.”

The resident stated that he waited until the next day to contact police for fear that Partner would return, police said.

Troopers attempted to contact Partner at his residence that day, but were unable to do so, police said. He was eventually taken into custody Thursday.

He was arraigned before District Judge Carmine Prestia, according to court documents, and charged with felony counts of robbery and criminal trespassing, and misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and theft by unlawful taking. Unsecured bail was set at $50,000.

A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 3.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews