Crime

Man accused of criminal trespass in State College also charged with vandalism, criminal mischief

A 24-year-old State College man charged with criminal trespass faces additional charges for “erratic” behavior he exhibited upon arriving at Centre County prison, police said.

Alex Balgobin was arrested after he allegedly refused to leave a State College apartment Saturday. Balgobin had dropped off a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates at the apartment, without incident, and returned about an hour later. He smelled several items in the living room, and ignored multiple requests to leave, police said.

He then sat on the couch and turned on the television, eating some of the chocolates he had brought earlier in the day, police said. Police arrested Balgobin, who said he knew he wasn’t supposed to be in the apartment and was aware he was trespassing, police said.

At about 5:15 a.m. Sunday, Balgobin was placed in an intake cell at the prison. Once there, he climbed a privacy wall, and tore pieces of his shirt to use as a bracelet and face mask, police said. He also removed his clothing and dropped it in a toilet. At one point, Balgobin climbed onto a top bunk and damaged an air vent cap on the ceiling, police said. The damage is estimated at $190. He was charged Tuesday with institutional vandalism and criminal mischief.

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