Police: Nicholas Davila uses head, but in a bad way

Accused of stealing money, homeless man causes $5,000 damage to police station

Posted: 2:01 PM EST Jan 31, 2013

A homeless man who was arrested for stealing money from a motorist giving him a ride on Christmas Day got into more trouble when he smashed holes in an office wall at police headquarters with his head, officials said.

Nicholas A. Davila tried to get out of a car traveling north across the Fahy Bridge in Bethlehem after he took two $50 bills from the purse of the driver, Charlene Truszkowski, at about 6:30 p.m. Dec. 25, officials said.

Truszkowski continued driving across the bridge to police headquarters, where she went inside for help as Davila fled, officials said.

The next day, Truszkowski identified Davila after she was shown a photo from the police database that matched the description she gave them, officials said.

Davila, 25, was arraigned Wednesday night on charges of theft and receiving stolen property, with bail set at $15,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 11.

After his arraignment, Davila was taken to a room at police headquarters to make a phone call to see if could raise bail money, officials said.

Instead of making a call, Davila banged a table with his fists, slapped the telephone to the floor, stood up and said, "Take me," and then slammed his head into a wall twice before he was wrestled to the floor and double handcuffed, officials said, adding that Davila caused an estimated $5,000 in damage.

For that outburst, Davila was arraigned on an institutional vandalism charge, with bail set at $35,000, according to court papers.

Davila was then committed to the Northampton County Prison.