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CANONSBURG (KDKA) — A Washington County man is facing charges for harassing his neighbor and breaking into her Canonsburg duplex after she wouldn’t allow him inside.
In addition to harassment, Whalen Chabot is charged with criminal trespass and loitering and prowling at night.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim told police she had only been living in the West Pike Street duplex for about a week and just met Chabot the day before the incident.
She told police that even though she was creeped out by Chabot, she drove him to a local Sheetz to buy beer and wine on Monday.
Around 7 p.m. that same day, Canonsburg Police say Chabot sent the woman a text message that said “hi seyyxxzz,” then called her about an hour later when she didn’t respond to his text. She didn’t answer the phone call either.
The victim was on her couch around 8 p.m. when Chabot began knocking on her front door.
The criminal complaint says the victim told police that Chabot “kind of freaks her out, and she tried ignoring him knocking.” However, he continued to knock for “an extended period of time,” “kept looking into the residence” and “even ‘jiggled’ the door knob at one point.”
That’s when the victim decided to go get another neighbor for help.
But when she returned, she told police she found Chabot inside her home. She ran back outside and flagged down a Good Samaritan who stayed with her until police got there.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Chabot sitting on the duplex’s front porch. He told them he was “just hanging out,” and had not been invited over.
He was then taken into custody and put in the back of a police car.
Police say when they asked him about the incident, he “provided changing statements on the incident,” telling them the victim first asked him over in a text message, and then said she had called him instead.
According to police, no such texts or calls existed on his phone, and the victim told them she never gave him permission to visit. Chabot admitted he had been drinking that day when questioned by police.