Prisoner released ealier over COVID-19 broke into woman's house and tried to rob her threatening to kill
Here come the first signs of irresponsible decisions made by governments amid the pandemia. A Utah inmate who was recently released from jail over concerns of a COVID-19 spread broke into a woman’s house and tried to rob her at knifepoint, threatening to kill her if she didn’t cooperate.
42-year-old Joshua Haskell attacked the woman only days after he was released from Utah State Prison. He had been sent to a halfway house as a part of the Parole Violation Program but "due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, he was suddenly released" on March 17.
So what happened after he was released?
The woman was sleeping at her home when she suddenly woke up from the noise of somebody climbing the stairs. But before she could react, Haskell was already in her room before her with a large, serrated knife in his hand raised toward his head.
The woman began screaming but Haskell told her to be quiet or “he was going to cut her head off.”
He then tied her up with shoelaces and demanded to give him her car, cash, bank cards, and PINs. He allegedly promised to come back and murder her if the numbers she gave him were wrong.
The 911 call was made by the woman’s son who was also in the house at that moment and heard her yell. But when the officers arrived Haskell decided to cheat and jumped into the woman’s bed ordering her to tell the responding officers that he was her “lover.”
It didn’t work.
When he adjusted the sheets, she "ran downstairs to officers in a panicked and horrified manner," police wrote. Haskell was arrested at gunpoint.
In court on Monday, he was officially charged with the first-degree felonies aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery and third-degree felonies aggravated kidnapping, possession of a weapon by a restricted person, and drug possession.