HAZLETON — Too cheap to get a hotel room, city police allege, Moises Pichardo forced his way into a neighbor’s apartment to have sex with a woman while his girlfriend was in his adjacent apartment, according to charges filed.
Erica Mundo told police she arrived at her residence in an apartment building in the 500 block of Carson Street on Wednesday to find damage to the front door and a dead bolt she didn’t use locked from inside.
Mundo noticed a bathroom light turned on. She knocked on the door, the light turned off and a neighbor tenant she knows as “Moses” emerged, according to the criminal complaint says.
Pichardo lives in an apartment above Mundo’s residence with his girlfriend and two other people.
Pichardo told Mundo he noticed the front door had been kicked in and he was “just looking after the place,” the complaint says.
Mundo saw woman in the bedroom of her residence while she was talking to Pichardo. The woman was not Pichardo’s girlfriend or the other woman who lives in Pichardo’s apartment.
Mundo believed Pichardo and the woman were having sex as there were condoms in the bedroom, according to the complaint.
Pichardo and the woman left Mundo’s apartment when Mundo told them police were on their way.
Police visited Pichardo’s apartment and spoke with his girlfriend Alyssa Kalnas, 20, and roommate Joe Hornick.
Pichardo returned to his apartment asking police “not to tell his girlfriend that he was in the rear apartment with another woman due to the sexual activity they were participating in.”
He told police he was in the neighbor’s apartment because “he was too cheap to get a hotel room,” the complaint says.
Pichardo was arraigned Thursday by District Judge James Tupper in Kingston Township on a single count of criminal trespass. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.
Police said they charged Kalnas with possession of drug paraphernalia.
In an unrelated case last year, police found Pichardo and Kalnas sleeping in an abandoned building in the area of North Cedar and Green streets on Aug. 13, along with several plastic bags of heroin, copper mesh used to smoke crack cocaine and a glass pipe.
Pichardo pleaded guilty to defiant trespass, and Kalnas pleaded guilty to defiant trespass, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records say.
A preliminary hearing on the latest charge against Pichardo is scheduled on Jan. 15.