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Shippensburg Police charge man with attempted murder

15 August 2013 No Comment

Staff report
SHIPPENSBURG – A Maryland man was charged with the attempted murder of a Shippensburg woman this week who had a protection from abuse order against him.

Joseph Russell Sine, 25, Clinton, Md., had already served five days in jail in Cumberland County July 18-23 for violating the PFA order against him by sending numerous emails and texts to his former girlfriend.

On Aug. 14 he allegedly broke into her home and tried to kill her.
Two state police officers were dispatched to a Roxbury Road address for an active assault at 9:14 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the police statement, a neighbor heard a loud banging on the wall and went outside to investigate. She found the victim on the ground, who said Sine just attacked her. The neighbor inquired about the victim’s baby, and the woman pointed inside.

The neighbor found the baby sleeping in its crib in the living room. She took the child with her, and the victim, to her own apartment to call 911.

When officers arrived the victim was standing at a kitchen sink in the neighbor’s apartment, bleeding from the mouth and lips, “visibly frightened,” police said.

The victim told the police she was asleep on her couch when she was awakened by Sine kicking in her back door.

She said Sine jumped on top of her and began to choke her, shoving something in her mouth and pushing it into her throat. The woman got away, but Sine jumped on top of her again, choking her around the throat and forcing what she thought was a paper towel into her mouth and down her throat.

Sine got up and ran away, the woman said. The baby was not harmed in its crib, and she crawled outside, banging on a wall to get help.
The woman was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Police found the lower panel of a wooden rear door to the victim’s apartment had been kicked in, allowing access to the inside lock of the door handle. According to court documents, the secondary chain and hasp lock screws had been forced from the wooden trim.

Police saw evidence of a disturbance inside with sofa cushions on the floor and a white sock with blood on it. On the sofa was a black baseball cap, similar to the hat Sine wore when he was arrested July 18.

Police put a “Be On The Lookout” advisory out on Sine. Another state trooper was investigating an accident on I-81 at mile marker 19 and reported Sine was driving that vehicle.

He was detained, and transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries from the crash.

The two state policemen interviewed Sine at the hospital, and Sine told them “This was not done,” according to the report.

When Sine was released from the hospital to the custody of state police, he threatened to shoot the two state troopers.

The victim was granted a PFA against Stine on July 3. The order prohibited harassing communications.

On Aug. 13, the day before Sine allegedly broke into the victim’s apartment, the victim reported to police that she received approximately 50 phone calls from Sine between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

The victim reported Sine threatened to “kill her, have sex with her dead corpse, then cut her up and send her to the courthouse.” An officer was present during many of the calls while taking the report from the victim. The officer filed a criminal complaint charging Sine with terroristic threats.

Sine was arraigned via video by Magisterial District Judge H. Anthony Adams on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, burglary, stalking, and other charges. He was placed in Cumberland County Jail and his bail was denied.

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