Prisoner released early over COVID-19 concerns allegedly broke into woman’s home, tied her up at knifepoint, and threatened to kill her

A Utah guy recently introduced from a halfway property early more than issues of a COVID-19 unfold forcibly broke into a woman’s home and attempted to rob her at knifepoint, threatening to get rid of her if she did not cooperate, police reported.

According to the arrest affidavit, Joshua Haskell, 42, committed the alleged criminal offense only days right after currently being unveiled from Utah Condition Jail, where he was incarcerated for violating parole. He experienced been sent to a halfway property as a component of the Parole Violation System but “thanks to the latest COVID-19 pandemic, he was quickly unveiled” on March 17, two times prior to the crack-in.

Police also noted that Haskell has a lengthy criminal history that contains at least 4 former drug-connected convictions. At the time of his arrest, Haskell reportedly also experienced an energetic warrant out for his arrest for misdemeanor theft.

What are the specifics?

According to police, Haskell “forcibly entered [the woman’s] home … [and] using a big, serrated knife, he threatened the home owner and tied her up with shoelaces.”

Haskell entered the house whilst the woman was sleeping, and she explained to law enforcement that she woke to the noise from him climbing the stairs. In advance of she could react, Haskell was in her space keeping a knife “elevated towards his head with the knife pointing down.”

“The target commenced screaming and yelling, at which position the male told her to be tranquil or he was heading to slice her head off,” in accordance to the affidavit.

Haskell then tied her up and demanded that she give him her motor vehicle, dollars, lender playing cards, and PIN numbers, allegedly threatening to return and kill her if she gave him the wrong numbers.

The woman’s son, who was also in the house, heard her screams and termed 911. When officers arrived, Haskell acquired into mattress with the girl and ordered her to notify them that he was her “lover.” But when he altered the sheets, she “ran downstairs to officers in a panicked and horrified manner,” law enforcement wrote.

Officers then arrested Haskell at gunpoint. In courtroom on Monday, he was officially charged with the initial-diploma felonies aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery and third-diploma felonies aggravated kidnapping, possession of a weapon by a restricted human being, and drug possession.

Why does it matter?

Following warnings from gurus that COVID-19 could “wreak havoc” on the prisons in the United States, quite a few states and counties have been utilizing early release tactics to protect against the unfold of the illness.

Critics of the jailbreak have argued that releasing criminals again onto the streets in the course of the pandemic will not make communities safer but will set the general public much more at possibility — especially as law enforcement concurrently loosens its grip.