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July 10. 2013 12:10AM

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WILKES-BARRE — A man free on bail since June on charges he attempted to enter apartments on Meyers Court returned to the same alley Tuesday and startled a woman in her sleep, city police said.

Police said DaShawn Armstrong, 21, of Chestnut Street, was captured at about 12:30 p.m., several hours after the woman reported a man was in her apartment on Meyers Court.

Ivy Nulton told police she woke up at about 9:45 a.m. and was confronted by a man standing over her in her bedroom. Nulton screamed, and Armstrong walked out of the house using a rear door, police said.

After police left Nulton’s apartment, she told reporters the incident was no big deal.

Police reviewed Hawkeye surveillance video, getting a description of the intruder. Nulton identified Armstrong from a photo array, police said.

Police spotted Armstrong in the area of North Washington and Union streets, less than a block from Meyers Court, at about 12:30 p.m.

Court records say Armstrong was released from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on June 23 when his bail was modified to $25,000 unsecured bail by Judge Richard Hughes.

Armstrong had been jailed on charges of criminal trespass and criminal attempt to commit trespass when he tried to enter several apartments on Meyers Court on April 8, court records say.

Arrest papers say Armstrong turned door knobs at several apartments, climbed fire escapes, knocked on doors and windows on second and third floors, and attempted to crawl through an open bathroom window. A woman noticed Armstrong’s hands coming through window blinds as she slammed the window shut and screamed at him to go away, according to arrest papers.

One tenant on April 8 held a golf club inside his apartment as he asked Armstrong through a window what he wanted. Armstrong said he was looking for “Mike,” and he asked other tenants, “Does Mike live here?” arrest papers say.

Police said Armstrong is charged with criminal trespass after the latest incident.

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