New York City man charged with breaking into ex-girlfriend’s WB residence

By Ed Lewis - [email protected] | January 3rd, 2018 1:30 pm - updated: 10:10 pm.

WILKES-BARRE — A New York City man was arraigned Wednesday on charges he forced his way inside a Wilkes-Barre residence, causing his ex-girlfriend and others to hide in a bedroom and behind furniture.

Police arrested Joseph Ambiorix Dominguez, 23, of the Bronx, inside the house on Spruce Street just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Dominguez allegedly sent threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend, a juvenile, and her parents earlier in the day.

According to a criminal complaint:

After police arrested Dominguez, they found Hilda Rojas hiding behind a couch, and Jovany Rojas and the girl in a bedroom.

Police learned Dominguez threatened to harm the girl if she did not go back with him.

Hilda Rojas told police Dominguez banged on the front door, demanding to be let inside. When she refused, Dominguez walked to the rear of the house, pushed open a window and yelled for the girl.

As Dominguez forced his way inside, Hilda Rojas hid behind a couch and the girl and Jovany Rojas hid behind a locked bedroom door.

Dominguez kicked the bedroom door but was unable to force it open.

Jovany Rojas and the girl told police they feared for their lives because Dominguez sent threatening text messages to her.

Dominguez reportedly told police he “screwed up” because he hadn’t heard from his girlfriend and went to the residence to see her.

He also sent threatening texts to the girl’s parents, indicating he was going to “cause mayhem” and harm anyone inside the Spruce Street residence.

Dominguez was charged with four counts each of terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment, and one count each of burglary and criminal trespass. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.

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