A Hyrum man who was reportedly under the influence of drugs last year when he allegedly illegally entered a home in Wellsville and met the business end of the owner’s gun has been through drug treatment and was scheduled to enter a plea in 1st District Court Tuesday morning but asked for a jury trial instead.
According to a probable cause statement filed in 1st District Court, deputies were already looking for 42-year-old Peter Silva when a woman called 911 at about 5:23 a.m. to report an intruder in her home.
The document states a deputy contacted Silva at the Maverik in Wellsville earlier that morning after he allegedly entered someone’s car to charge his cell phone. The deputy reportedly released him because he did not feel he had probable cause to make an arrest at that time.
A short time later, deputies found an abandoned vehicle that they later learned was stolen, with a handgun left inside, the document states.
When Silva was arrested, he was reportedly found in possession of the keys to the stolen vehicle, a payroll check made out to a Wellsville resident, a holster with cash and two stolen credit cards inside, and more.
Silva was charged with burglary, theft, forgery, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, unlawful acquisition of a financial card without consent, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
He was also charged with attempted escape from official custody and criminal mischief after he allegedly tampered with an electrical outlet at the jail and later tried to walk out of the jail’s booking area with a volunteer.
At Silva’s request, a jury trial has been set for Nov. 6-7.