Felon Released To Protect Him From Virus Attacks Woman In Her Home

Holly Matkin

Repeat offender Joshua Haskell allegedly broke into a random woman's home and threatened to cut her head off.

American Fork, UT – A parolee who was released from a halfway house due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 allegedly broke into a random woman’s home and threatened to cut her head off with a serrated knife.

Convicted felon Joshua Haskell, 42, was serving time in the Utah State Prison after he violated a previous release onto parole, the Deseret News reported.

Just days prior to the alleged attack, Haskell was granted parole yet again and was released to a halfway house.

But that placement was cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 17, the repeat offender was “suddenly released” into the community, according to his arrest affidavit.

According to police, a woman and her juvenile son were asleep in their home when Haskell broke in on March 19, the Deseret News reported.

The woman was awoken by the sound of her stairs creaking, and quickly realized that there was a stranger in her bedroom watching her, police said.

Haskell was armed with a serrated knife, which he had “raised toward his head with the knife pointing down,” according to the arrest affidavit.

The woman began screaming, at which point Haskell threatened to “cut her head off” if she didn’t quiet down, police said.

After binding her ankles and wrists with a pair of shoelaces, Haskell allegedly told the victim that he was going to take off with her car, cash bank cards, and PIN numbers, and that he would come back and kill her if she didn’t give him the correct numbers, the Deseret News reported.

Meanwhile, the woman’s juvenile son heard his mother screaming and placed a call to 911.

When police arrived, the victim told her attacker to “hurry and leave through the window,” but he refused because one of the gloves he had been wearing was still inside her home, the Daily Herald reported.

Haskell jumped into bed with the woman instead, and ordered her to tell police he was her “lover,” according to the arrest affidavit.

When the felon pulled the sheets up to pretend like he was asleep, the victim bolted for the door and ran downstairs to police.

Her son had already escaped from the home and was safe outside with the officers, the Daily Herald reported.

Haskell surrendered a short while later.

The victim told police that she was convinced that her attacker was going to stab her to death during the terrifying incident.

Investigators recovered a knife in her bed.

Police found no signs of forced entry into the home, but learned that the back door could easily be wiggled open, even when it was latched, according to the arrest affidavit.

According to court documents, police found a used syringe on Haskell during a pat down search and located methamphetamine in the room where he attacked the victim, the Daily Herald reported.

He later tested positive for methamphetamine and buprenorphine.

Haskell was transported to a hospital, where he immediately became uncooperative and demanded to speak with an attorney, according to the Daily Herald.

He has since been charged with felony possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, felony possession of a controlled substance, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and aggravated burglary.

He also had an active misdemeanor theft warrant out for his arrest at the time of the attack, and investigators have requested additional charges of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor threat of violence, the Daily Herald reported.

Haskell’s criminal history includes prior offenses of burglary, assault, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, fraud/forgery, DUI, trespass, and domestic violence, according to KUTV.

Comments (57)
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flybynight
flybynight

Well who saw that coming?

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

This is what happens when our leaders wear blinders and have a single focus.

I've heard a lot of politicians saying lately that "we can walk and chew gum at the same time." I'm skeptical of most of them.

They will give you projected deaths from COVID-19, that have huge uncertainty. I've yet to see any politician give any estimate of the damage their actions in response to this respiratory virus are causing.

Aren't we glad that they potentially saved this perp from a flu? Shaking my head.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Put the piece of shit down, like the rabid pos he is!!

Sgt167
Sgt167

It’s a national emergency and he is non-essential. Take him out back and put him down. He won’t be at risk of catching the corona virus.

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Another that needs to be euthanized.

Tilleygirl522
Tilleygirl522

Nd his sorry POS back to prison. It seems it didn't sink in the first few times

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Put him in the infected ward.

markdavis1962
markdavis1962

Take this inbred cro magnon neanderthal out back and just shoot his rabid ass like the dog that he is some habitual felons never learn and ate probably better of dead, and is totally useless, must be one of those very fine amerikkkans the rethuglikkkkan administration crime syndicate turn a blind eye to, birds of a feather in cahoots together

Jondk
Jondk

Just one of many people(animals) that prove we need the Death Penalty back.

Jacksprat1
Jacksprat1

Is there any common sense left? I am flabbergasted by the idiocy of some of the people running this country!

MSK
MSK

And don’t think they won’t release him again “gee, he promised to be good” SMFH

GetrealMurica
GetrealMurica

Get real, this is why we MUST have the 2nd amendment, and if the left does not like it, I hear Venezuela needs some help. The left has this as their moral compass:
Agenda>Americans. Its time we remove them from power.

Rtrdfed0274
Rtrdfed0274

It’s inconceivable to me that decisions such as releasing this POS are even contemplated. I’ve got a few extra rounds....I’ll donate one in the name of humanity.

Rcgauthier54
Rcgauthier54

Well she should be able to sue for him being released.

nuccten
nuccten

And people wonder why gun sales are through the roof. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

nuccten
nuccten

When an offender is released to a halfway house, it's only because he can't be released to family or friends because they want nothing to do with him!

ikaika
ikaika

Some nice judge will probably let him go because he deserves one more chance, and why not? It worked out so well the last time.

bryantrent
bryantrent

What a SOB

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

Give him a nicely executed execution as a parting gift. Let him serve as a lesson to be learned for those who try to commit crimes to this extreme.

XIHP308
XIHP308

How many crimes does he need to commit before the do gooders realize he's not going to blend into society. Next time they decide to release him give him the home address of the judge and others supporting his release. Wake up people they walk among us and they vote.

Njaz
Njaz

They released this " non- violent " offender? Really?
<sarc>

Stanracer
Stanracer

Back to the slammer you go, asshole. Lesson learned?

Wolfman2253
Wolfman2253

All the fault of the woke parole board....

JCRPI
JCRPI

"Half Way House"? Half way to what - burglary, rape, murder? Almost got there.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

He's proven to be a rabid animal!! Euthanize the scumbag!!

Raymelson
Raymelson

This is why I believe in lead poisoning asap works everytime

michelle1964
michelle1964

Another upstanding citizen going back to where he always belongs.

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

How this guy made it out of the bedroom alive is beyond me. How stupid can these people incharge of early release be, any law enforcement officer will tell you these scumbags will be right back into their old life style within days of their release. How can anyone be so blind to reality. Thank God this woman and her son weren't physically hurt but rest assured their lives were changed forever. Scumbag!

Louise S
Louise S

The little mask dangling uselessly off of his pouty face...a mug shot that'll be viral for sure ☻

Angry Curmdgeon
Angry Curmdgeon

Here is what his sentence must be. Immediately returned to jail. Isolated from G. P. The only time he leaves his cell to go to work in the prison infirmary, caring for #WuhanVirus patients. He is not allowed to wear a mask or latex gloves. All his meals are to be eaten in the infirmary. No contact with G. P. until the #WuhanVirus has run its course. Then and only then does he return to G. P. If he is lucky enough to have made it.

LynnSB
LynnSB

A disgusting piece of shit who doesn’t deserve to be breathing only thing he should get is a goddamn 9 mm to the forehead

rhj10077
rhj10077

POS

psydewinder
psydewinder

Revolving door justice. He'll just be released again. Asshat politicians need to just rescind the laws. They don't enforce them anyway.


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