Couple charged in home invasion

ELKLAND — Jeffrey S. Deitrick, 33, and Terra L. Deitrick, 34, both of 405 E. Main St., Elkland, were charged by state police with aggravated assault, robbery, theft, harassment, making terroristic threats, criminal trespass and criminal mischief following a home invasion in Tioga Township last month.

According to documents filed at District Judge James Edgcomb’s office, the two forced their way into a mobile home belonging to Brooke M. Draper, 243 Bear Creek Road, by kicking down the front door Oct. 16.

Police said that Terra Dietrick then chased Draper into the hallway and wrestled her to the floor, while Jeffrey Dietrick stood at the entrance to the hallway and pulled out a knife, allegedly threatening Draperís boyfriend, Kevin R. Crane, who was visiting Draper, to “sit back down” or he would “end him.”

Jeffrey Dietrick allegedly kicked Draper several times in the head and then held her down while she was struck several times with an 8 ounce metal claw hammer by Terra Dietrick, causing injuries to her head, neck and arms including a concussion, and swelling to her head, as well as contusions and lacerations. They also allegedly took a smartphone belonging to Draper valued at $500.

Both were jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail each and their preliminary hearings set for Nov. 17.