According to Westtown-East Goshen police, a prostitute seeking revenge for not getting paid led to burglary, assault, weapons and other charges.
In a press release, police said a prostitute — later identified as Monica Iris DeJesus, from Philadelphia — made a house call to a condominium in East Goshen Township on April 9 but was not paid for her visit. She left but returned shortly with a man identified as Justin Atchison Harris.
A 911 emergency call caught the sounds of the assault that ensued while police officers responded.
Police said there was a physical confrontation after Harris and DeJesus returned to the condo, and that both intruders pointed a handgun at the two occupants. One of the occupants was able to defend himself but, when Harris dropped the handgun, DeJesus took the gun and pointed it at both residents. Harris then assaulted the first victim with a fireplace poker.
Both intruders left the residence as police were arriving on the scene.
Those responding officers saw a sedan with New Jersey registration leaving the scene and noticed that the driver was bleeding heavily from his face and that a female was in the passenger seat. Police stopped the vehicle, and the woman reported that she was just attacked and raped inside a residence in the 1800 block of Valley Drive.
Police called for an ambulance and the driver — Harris — was transported to Paoli Hospital for facial injuries. Police proceeded with a rape investigation initially, based on the allegation made by DeJesus.
Other officers arrived to help with the investigation and found one of the victims as he emerged from the building. The victim suffered moderate injuries during the attack, and he reported that his male roommate had fled on foot. Police were able to locate the second victim who was not injured. They also recovered a loaded .45 caliber handgun and property stolen from the residence during the attack.
During the investigation, police determined that DeJesus phoned Harris who was waiting in a nearby parking lot. The pair returned to the condo unit and pounded on the door before Harris kicked it in.
Harris, 36, from Mickleton, N.J. was arrested and charged with robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, simple assault, firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of firearm prohibited, prostitution, terroristic threats, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property, prohibited offense weapons, possessing instruments of crime, criminal conspiracy and harassment.
DeJesus, 22, from Darrah Street, Philadelphia, was arrested and charged with robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, simple assault, firearms not to be carried without a license, prostitution, terroristic threats, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property, prohibited offense weapons, possessing instruments of crime, criminal conspiracy and harassment.
Both Harris and DeJesus were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Vito at District Court 15-1-04. Bail was set at $150,000 for Harris and $100,000 for DeJesus.