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February 7, 2014

Suspect sought in burglary, robbery

NEW CASTLE — A Detroit man is accused of forcing his way into an apartment and stealing a woman’s cell phone from her.

New Castle police Wednesday charged James Thomas Stewart Jr., 25, with burglary, robbery, criminal trespass, theft, simple assault, defiant trespass, harassment and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.

A Crestview Gardens woman reported to police that Stewart, who is an acquaintance, had knocked on her apartment door around 11:30 p.m. Jan. 10, then forced his way into her home and pushed her, causing her to trip over her child who had been crawling on the floor. She said she fell backward into the child’s playpen and hit her head on an entertainment center. As she tried to get up, Stewart rummaged through her pockets and took her cellphone, then ran from the apartment, she told police.

District Judge Melissa A. Amodie has issued a warrant for Stewart’s arrest.

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