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Clarendon man jailed on burglary charges

A Clarendon man is in Warren County Jail after he allegedly broke into a Conewango Township home Thursday night, causing two residents to fear for their lives.

Joshua A. Farnsworth, 31, is charged with burglary — person present; criminal trespass; impersonating a public servant; and public drunkenness.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Pennsylvania State Police responded to the Weiler Road address at about 10:20 p.m. and found Farnsworth in the kitchen of the home. “The defendant appeared to be highly intoxicated and did not know where he was,” police said.

The victim, one of the residents home at the time of the alleged incident, told police that Farnsworth came to the porch and told her he was “an officer who was conducting an investigation about a homicide and was looking for witnesses and suspects,” according to the affidavit. “The defendant told her he was with NCIS and began yelling at the victim, telling her to ‘go home.'”

She told police Farnsworth went to a basement door and pushed his way through the door and the concrete blocks inside it.

“He began walking up the stairs to the main living area,” the victim told police.

The victims went into another room and one “tried to secure the door leading to the basement with her body,” police said. “The defendant then forced his way through the door while she was against it.”

“The victim related that the defendant was acting strangely and sat down at the kitchen table,” according to the affidavit.

Immediately after Farnsworth allegedly pushed his way through the door, police arrived, according to the affidavit. “The victim related that she was in fear of her life because she did not know who he was and what he intended to do to her or (the other victim).”

Farnsworth was arraigned Friday morning before Forest County Magisterial District Judge Daniel Miller and taken to Warren County after failing to post $25,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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