Authorities allege an Allentown man broke into a North Penn Street home through a front window and threatened to kill the woman and child inside.
Onix Omar Rivera-Diaz, of North Law Street, now faces robbery and assault charges in connection with the early-morning break-in on Sept. 14. District Judge Rashid Santiago arraigned the 38-year-old Tuesday, setting bail at $100,000.
Allentown police were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of North Penn Street about 3:15 a.m. Sept. 14 for a reported home invasion. The victim told officers that a man she knew as Omar Rivera had allegedly broken into her house and pointed a gun at her, according to court records.
She alleges he broke a front window and forced open her bedroom door before threatening to kill her and a child in the house.
During a follow-up interview, the victim told a detective that she had known Rivera-Diaz for several years. She reported that he didn't cover his face during the alleged break-in and spoke directly to her, according to records. She was shown a photo of Rivera-Diaz, who she identified as the man who allegedly pointed a gun at her.
Police said a criminal history check showed he was adjudicated delinquent on an aggravated assault charge and pleaded guilty in 2006 to a felony drug charge.
Authorities charged Rivera-Diaz with single felony counts of burglary, criminal trespass and illegal possession of a firearm. He also faces two counts of simple assault and single counts each of terroristic threats and criminal mischief, all misdemeanors. He was released from Lehigh County Jail on Wednesday after a bondsman posted bail on his behalf. His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Sept. 24.