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4 charged with criminal trespass in Newton

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – Four people are facing criminal trespass charges after they were found inside a vacant residence.

Cammy Krasnichan, 38, was charged with fourth degree criminal trespassing and resisting arrest.

Russell Decker, 34, Edward Todd, 21, and Breann August, 22, were all charged with fourth degree criminal trespassing.

On September 21 at 10:38 a.m., a Newton resident reported that he had observed an open door at a vacant residence on Palmer Street, Newton Police Lieutenant Robert Osborn said.

Police responded to the residence and observed the open basement door that the caller had referenced.  While checking the interior of the residence, multiple people could be heard talking and moving around inside.  Despite announcing their presence and ordering any occupants to exit the dwelling, there was no response, Osborn said.

Shortly thereafter, a homeless individual identified as Krasnichan exited the structure and allegedly admitted that she had unlawfully entered the abandoned residence.  As police attempted to take her into custody, she tried to physically resist their efforts to handcuff her.  Krasnichan was then restrained and handcuffed, Osborn said.

Three other homeless individuals, who were identified as Decker, Todd and August, were also located within the residence and taken into custody without further incident, Osborn said.

Krasnichan and Todd were released .

Decker was lodged in the Sussex County Jail pending court.

Further investigation revealed that August had an outstanding warrant from the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office for Forgery and was turned over to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook