Duryea man denied bail in stalking case due to alleged series of incidents

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

PITTSTON — A district judge Tuesday jailed a Duryea man without bail due to allegedly stalking an ex-girlfriend on a repeated basis.

In the most recent incident, David John Bartuska, 29, of Coxton Road, was charged after city police say he showed up at the woman’s residence on Curtis Street just after 1:30 a.m. May 10.

The woman alleged Bartuska pounded on the door and smashed a door window.

Police said in a criminal complaint Bartuska has eight incidents of harassing or stalking his ex-girlfriend.

Bartuska appeared before District Judge Joseph Spagnuolo Jr. in Luzerne County Central Court on Tuesday when he was arraigned on charges of stalking, harassment and criminal mischief. While deciding against bail, the judge also took into account how the suspect has allegedly violated bail conditions for prior incidents.

Court records show Bartuska, when he allegedly pounded on the door, was free on $2,000 unsecured bail on charges of stalking and criminal mischief related to an incident involving the ex-girlfriend April 27.

Bartuska was also free on $5,000 unsecured bail in connection to an arrest in Plains Township earlier this year.

Plains Township police on Feb. 3 charged Bartuska with criminal trespass and harassment when he allegedly entered a residence on East Saylor Avenue.

Bartuska threw rocks at a window before entering the house, believing his ex-girlfriend was inside. The girl’s mother woke up and spotted Bartuska standing at the bottom of the steps, according to a complaint.


By Ed Lewis

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