The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 18, 2014

Victim to police: Armed intruder sleeping on sofa

— MIFFLINBURG — A woman held against her will in her Chestnut Street apartment told borough police at her front door that the armed intruder was in the living room, fast asleep on her sofa.

The man’s name is Robert, the woman told officers, and he entered the apartment with a shotgun and two handguns.

Two officers stepped inside and called out for Robert, who came out of the living room and was taken into custody without incident, according to the affidavit.

The woman was unharmed.

On the sofa where Robert Lee Anderson, 32, had lain, police found a pump-action shotgun with a barrel-mount flashlight, a double-barrel shotgun in a green sleeve and a khaki-colored ammo bag that was padlocked, court documents state.

Mifflinburg police responded to the June 4 call from a woman whose daughter said a friend was sending her text messages that she was being held against her will by the man, according to court documents.

The same woman also reported an armed intruder to Union County dispatch.

It is not known why Anderson entered the woman’s apartment or whether they know each other.

Anderson, of Mifflinburg, gave police a key to the ammo bag, in which they discovered between 50 and 60 live shells.

Convicted of burglary in Georgia nearly 10 years ago, Anderson faces two second-degree felony counts of prohibited possession of a firearm. He was freed Tuesday after a preliminary hearing before District Judge Jeffrey Mensch, at which Anderson’s $25,000 bail was changed to a monetary percentage.

Anderson is wanted on a probation violation in McDuffie County, Ga., where he was convicted of burglary in 2005. However, Anderson will not be extradited to Georgia, police said.

Anderson’s formal arraignment is Aug. 4 in Union County Court.


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