Monday, November 21, 2022

Pottsville Police Arrest Man for Trespassing in Building and Assaulting Police Officer

A man is locked up in Schuylkill County Prison after he was found trespassing on a property then assaulted the officer who was arresting him.

According to Chief of Police John Morrow, on Sunday November 20th, 2022, around 12:20pm, Pottsville Police Units were dispatched to Loki and Layla Candle Company, 301 South Centre Street for a Criminal Trespass report. 

Further information from dispatch revealed the caller, a store employee, can hear someone in the upstairs separate portion of the building which is reportedly vacant.

Upon further investigation, officers located a male who initially provided a false name after he was apprehended trying to flee from police through the rear window. 

The male was later positively identified as 52-Year-Old, Carl Carr Holmes, 52.

Upon contact with the property owner, it was confirmed that Holmes did not have permission to enter or remain in the property.

Holmes was taken into custody for Felony Criminal Trespass, and he was transported back to City Hall. 

Upon arrival at City Hall, Holmes became combative, and refused to walk down the stairs demanding that officers not touch him. Holmes continued to resist and had to be wrestled to the ground to gain control of him. At that time, Holmes continued to resist police, and grabbed an officers groin causing injury to the officer.

Sergeant Renee Truscott charged Holmes for:
  • Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer (Felony 2)
  • Criminal Trespass (Felony 3)
  • Simple Assault (Misdemeanor)
  • Resisting Arrest (Misdemeanor)
Holmes was arraigned before on-call Magisterial District Judge Stephen Bayer via Facetime and was later remanded to the Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $25,000.00 straight cash bail.

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