VA Police: Man threatens woman over $21 debt

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

PLAINS TWP. — An elderly man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly threatened a woman and ignited matches on her window sill, according to charges filed.

Police at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center alleged Vincent Dallessandro, 82, made repeated threats toward a woman on Saturday and Sunday, including burning her apartment.

Police claim Dallessandro was outside the woman’s apartment and ignited matches on a window sill.

Dallessandro and the woman reside in apartments on the medical center’s campus, police said.

According to the criminal complaint:

The woman told police Saturday that Dallessandro pushed a note under her door that stated, “Slip what you owe me under my door or next visit will not be so friendly.”

She claimed Dallessandro kicked, knocked and pounded on her door for hours and used a cane to damage an exterior window, pushing the cane through the screen knocking over a flower pot and television.

Police said the woman was fearful of Dallessandro, who threatened to burn her apartment.

She alleged Dallessandro told her, “I am going to light your apartment on fire.”

Police said another tenant in the apartment unit heard Dallessandro threaten the woman.

Police returned to the woman’s apartment on Sunday allegedly finding burn marks on a window sill.

A state police fire marshal determined the burn marks were caused by matches that were intentionally ignited.

Police questioned Dallessandro, who allegedly had a match book with nine matches in his pocket.

Dallessandro did not admit to igniting the matches but claimed he was upset at the woman because she owed him $21. He told police he knocked on the woman’s door with his hands, feet and cane demanding she pay him what he is owed.

Dallessandro was arraigned by District Judge Richard Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre on two counts of arson, and one count each of burglary, terroristic threats and two counts of criminal mischief. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

By Ed Lewis

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