PHOENIXVILLE -- Wayne Edward Singer, arrested last week on burglary charges after he allegedly forced entry into a residence, waived his preliminary hearing in district court Thursday morning.
Singer, 45, of the 300 block of Buchanan Street, Phoenixville, is charged with burglary and flight to avoid apprehension.
Following an agreement between Public Defender Lauren Navolkowsky and Jason Antoine of the Chester County District Attorney's Office, Singer waived his preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Ted Michaels Thursday morning.
In agreement to waiving his preliminary hearing, burglary charges against Singer were withdrawn by Antoine, but two charges of criminal trespass were added instead. The remaining charges will go up to the Court of Common Pleas in West Chester.
According to court documents, Officer Frank Bryan said he responded to the 500 block of Washington Avenue for the report of a domestic around 7:03 p.m. July 3.
"The complainant stated that Singer made forced entry into his residence and would not leave," said Bryan. "Singer
only ran from the residence when the complainant said he was calling the police."
Bryan said that Officers Sean Knapp and David Wakeley came into contact with Singer and ordered him to stop.
"Singer made an attempt to run from police, but was taken into custody after a brief chase," he said.
Once proclaiming himself as "Phoenixville's most wanted man" during an arrest in 2002 for aggravated assault and firearms carried without a license, Singer is no stranger to law enforcement authorities.
He was once the manager of the former Phoenix Tavern prior to its demise.
A check of his criminal history reveals numerous arrests and convictions for aggravated assault; possessing instruments of crime; firearms carried without a license; public drunkenness; harassment; simple recklessly endangering another person; and disorderly conduct.
Following the waiver, Navolkowsky made a motion to reduce Singer's bail.
As Navolkowsky was pleading his case, Singer motioned for the attorney to come over to him as he whispered several sentences into her ear.
Despite Navolkowsky's efforts, Michaels, who acknowledged Singer's previous criminal history, said that Singer has been through the system enough to know not to run from the police.
"I'm not going to risk the safety of our police officers if they have to apprehend Mr. Singer again," said Michaels. "He's been through the system long enough to know to stop for the police."
With that being said, Michaels denied Navolkowsky's bail motion.
Obviously angered by Michaels' decision, Singer shook his head and muttered words as he was escorted from the courtroom by Pennsylvania State Constables.
He was remanded back to Chester County Prison in lieu of $3,000 cash bail.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, July 24, 2008 in the Court of Common Pleas in West Chester.