Man charged with entering Ford City woman’s home to use bathroom, eat, nap on porch

State Police arrested a man after a Ford City woman told a trooper he entered her home and used the bathroom before eating food and covering himself with a trash bag on the back porch to take a nap.

Lawrence Robert Vail III, 29, of the 200 block of Oak Avenue in Kittanning, has been charged with a felony felony trespass as well as drug possession and public intoxication. He was being held in Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bond, court records show.

A preliminary hearing scheduled for August 23 before District Judge J. Gary Decomo has been canceled. A new court date has not been set, according to court records.

A Kittanning station soldier wrote in the criminal complaint charging Vail that he responded to a house in the 1500 block of Fifth Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. on August 1 after a woman called police to report that a man she didn’t know was on her property without permission.

The woman told the trooper that she walked around the back of her house and saw a man, later identified as Vail, standing on the back porch with the door partially open, according to the complaint.

She said she ran across the street to a gas station to call 911 after the man refused an order to leave the property, according to the complaint.

The woman said she walked around her house and entered through the front door, where she noticed the bathroom door was closed, police said.

She told police she ordered Vail out of her home several times after he left the bathroom, according to the complaint.

Vail again ignored his orders and instead went out onto the back porch where he ate some food, then covered himself in a black plastic trash bag and lay down, according to the complaint.

The trooper said he found Vail lying on the back porch and suspected he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs because he was unable to follow orders “and had no sense with his words,” according to the complaint.

The soldier said Vail had two empty glass bags in his backpack, one marked with dice and the other stamped with the image of crowns, according to the complaint.

Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tony by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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