The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

June 24, 2014

2nd man charged with break-in

FARRELL — The second of two men charged with breaking into a Farrell home in March following a shooting in the city has been arrested.

Philip B. Tantuo, 20, of 3465 Mount Hickory Blvd., was arrested Saturday by Hermitage police, said Southwest Mercer County Regional police.

Southwest had charged Tantuo and Brian Cain Jr., 22, of 1115 Bond St., Farrell, each with criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit criminal trespass.

The shots fired call came in at 3:30 a.m. March 15 in the 1300 block of Farrell Terrace, police said.

A woman in the neighborhood told police that she looked out her window after hearing the gunfire and saw a white-over-black sport-utility vehicle heading west on Farrell Terrace, police said.

An SUV matching the description was found parked in the 1100 block of Roemer, police said.

As police approached, four to six men got out of the SUV and entered the home of Tanisha Norris at 1120 Roemer, police said.

Police said they searched the SUV and found two firearms in the glove compartment.

Police obtained a search warrant for the home and entered it at 7:30 a.m.

Norris told police that three men broke into her home and refused to leave when she asked them to, police said.

The men stayed in the house for about an hour before slipping out a back door, police said.

She identified Cain and Tantuo, police said.

Cain was arrested March 27 and his case is pending in Mercer County Common Pleas Court. He is in Mercer County Jail.

Tantuo was arraigned by District Judge D. Neil McEwen, Pine Township, and sent to jail for failing to post bond.

McEwen set a preliminary hearing for 3:30 p.m. July 3 before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell.

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