Parolee released from jail over coronavirus fears ‘invades home with serrated knife & tells cops he’s woman’s lover’ – The Sun

A PAROLEE released from jail over coronavirus fears allegedly broke into home with a serrated knife and threatened to cut a woman’s head off before telling cops he was the victim’s lover.

Joshua J. Haskell, 42, "forcibly" entered a woman's Utah home with a large, serrated knife, threatened her, and tied her up with shoelaces, according to charging docs.

A police affidavit, obtained by Deseret News, stated: "It is of note that Haskell had recently been incarcerated at the Utah State Prison after previously being released on parole and committing a parole violation.

"Within in the last few days, Haskell was released from the Utah State Prison to a halfway house.

"However due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, he was suddenly released on (March 17)."

Two days later, Haskell broke into an unknown woman's house, creeped up the stairs and held up his knife "with the knife pointing down."

According to the American Fork Police Department: "The victim began screaming and yelling, at which point the male told her to be quiet or he was going to cut her head off."

The woman – who was tied up by her wrists and ankles with shoelaces – was threatened by Haskell to give him her car, cash, bank details and bank cards.

Her son was home during the break-in and called 911 when he heard his mom shriek.

When police entered the home, Haskell realized what was going on, got into the bed and told the woman to tell police he was her "lover," the Desert News reported.

As soon as Haskell covered himself with the bed sheets, the woman ran down to meet police, KSLTV reported.

Haskell was arrested at gunpoint on March 19.

The victim, who remains unnamed, told police she was "sure she was going to die."

Haskell, who was found to have a lengthy criminal history, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and drug possession, possession of a weapon, third-degree felonies, and first-degree felonies.

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