CLEARFIELD – A 49-year-old DuBois man accused of a home invasion last week in the Glen Richey area waived his right to a preliminary hearing during Centralized Court on Wednesday at the Clearfield County Jail.
Ned Carmen Caldwell III, 49, of DuBois is facing charges of aggravated assault; simple assault; recklessly endangering another person; terroristic threats; stalking; harassment; criminal mischief; burglary; and criminal trespass. He is incarcerated at the CCJ in lieu of $100,000 bail.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Sept. 20, Lawrence Township police were dispatched to White Church Road, where Caldwell had entered a residence with a handgun. Additionally, police were notified, a male victim had struck Caldwell with a baseball bat, causing him to bleed from his head area, and he’d fled the residence still in possession of the handgun.
Upon arrival at the scene, Clearfield Borough police officers were called to search the area for Caldwell. Lawrence Township police met with the male and female victims who were inside the residence at the time of the alleged incident. The male told police he’d heard a noise downstairs, which he believed was Caldwell trying to get inside.
According to the male, he ran upstairs with the female and locked the bedroom door behind them. They pushed against the door in an attempt to keep Caldwell from getting into the bedroom. Caldwell, however, forced the bedroom door open after breaking the locking mechanism on it. Upon entering the bedroom, Caldwell broke a lamp, knocked a mirror from the wall and broke the door.
Inside the bedroom, Caldwell brandished a Taurus .380-caliber handgun and pointed it at both victims. Caldwell asked about his wife, the affidavit alleges. The female victim identified Caldwell, who was her estranged husband. At that point, the male victim grabbed a baseball bat and struck Caldwell in the head, and this caused him to bleed from his head and facial area.
After being struck, Caldwell dropped the handgun, and the female victim fled from the bedroom. Caldwell then began striking the male victim about his head and facial area repeatedly with a closed fist, the affidavit alleges. While Caldwell was assaulting the male victim, a neighbor entered the residence. The neighbor was interviewed by police at the scene.
According to the neighbor, he observed Caldwell enter the residence and a light flicker in an upstairs bedroom. He ran into the residence and met the female victim who was running and saying Caldwell was hurting a male in a bedroom upstairs. Upon running upstairs, he found Caldwell on top of the male victim and a handgun lying next to Caldwell on the bed.
The neighbor told police he grabbed the gun and emptied its magazine, which contained six rounds of .380-caliber hollow-point ammunition. Then, he checked the chamber of the handgun to make sure there weren’t any rounds in it. He told police Caldwell demanded to have his handgun back, which he returned without the ammunition.
The neighbor escorted Caldwell from the residence to his van, and he fled the area. Knowing his identity, police checked his driver’s license information and determined Caldwell lived in Sandy Township. Sandy Township police were notified, located Caldwell’s vehicle and took him into custody.
In addition, Sandy Township police recovered Caldwell’s handgun, which was covered in blood. Caldwell had a large laceration from the bridge of his nose into his hairline. Caldwell was transported to the DuBois Regional Medical Center for evaluation. He was treated and released from the hospital. Police contacted towing services to take Caldwell’s vehicle.