Police: Men Committed Burglary, Hit Woman, Dog

A duo was arrested after an early morning incident on Friday.

Occupants of a home in the 200 block of Third Avenue were shaken up after a pair of men entered the home and assaulted the occupants and punched a dog, according to police.

Darrin Troy Bellinger, 28, and James Lear, 31, both of Phoenixville, were each charged with felony burglary and felony criminal trespass after police say they pushed past a resident and caused trouble at a home shortly after 1 a.m. on Friday, March 16. Bellinger also faces charges of ethnic intimidation, cruelty to animals and terroristic threats. Bellinger and Lear were arraigned Friday at 10:17 a.m. and bail for Bellinger was set at $75,000 cash and Lear’s bail was set at $15,000.

According to the criminal complaint filed in district court, police were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of Third Avenue at 1:08 a.m. for a report of a disturbance. Police were told there were two men inside threatening the residents and refusing to leave.

When officers arrived, they heard yelling coming from the back of the home, where they found Bellinger and Lear sitting in a vehicle, according to the criminal complaint. Bellinger allegedly threw a bottle of Rolling Rock beer under the vehicle as officers approached.

“Upon speaking with Lear and Bellinger, it was determined that both of them appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” Officer Frank Bryan wrote in the criminal complaint.

An investigation revealed that earlier, Bellinger and Lear had approached the home and asked for an occupant. They were told by another occupant to leave, but refused to do so, and Bellinger allegedly pushed through the occupant of the home, punching her in the stomach and face.

Once inside, both men began yelling at the occupants of the home, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

“Bellinger threatened to kill the occupants of the home and he also threatened to rape their mothers,” Bryan wrote in the complaint.

Additionally, Bellinger yelled racial slurs at the occupants, saying “I hate all white people. They [expletive] and raped my ancestors and I hate you all,” according to the criminal complaint.

Lear and Bellinger refused to leave though the occupants kept asking them to go, Bryan wrote.

“Lear then picked up a full can of beer and he threw it at one of the occupants of the residence,” according to the criminal complaint. “The beer can struck the victim in the left cheek bone, causing an injury.”

One occupant was holding a dog in her arms, and Bellinger allegedly “struck the dog with a closed fist, causing it to yelp, and the force of the blow caused the dog to be knocked out of the occupant’s arms and onto the floor.”

The pair then began to break open several cans of beer, throwing them on the living room floor. They left the residence when the occupants threatened to call police.

“The occupants of the residence were still visibly shaken, scared and upset several hours after the incident,” Bryan noted.

Bellinger faces charges of burglary, simple assault, four misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, four misdemeanor counts of ethnic intimidation, felony criminal trespassing and the following summary charges: criminal mischief, cruelty to animals, scattering rubbish, public drunkenness, four counts of harassment and disorderly conduct/engaging in fighting.

Lear is charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespassing along with misdemeanor simple assault and reckless endangering charges and summary counts of harassment, public drunkenness, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct/engaging in fighting.

Both men remain in Chester County Prison, unable to post bail. Bellinger and Lear have preliminary hearings scheduled for March 22 in Phoenixville district court. 

Lear was in the news earlier this week after he allegedly threatened an officer and assaulted a man in a barbershop. A bail hearing was held on March 8, and to 10 percent of $10,000, which Lear posted that same day.  

charli March 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Pieces of trash. Too bad the women were not armed.
Finklestineshtkd March 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Looks Like Lear is nothing but trouble. Keep him locked up and off the streets. Where is Al Sharpton when this s#!t happens?
justme March 17, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Al Sharpton & Jesse has nothing to do with this..First of all everything should say alleged.There is no way Bellinger hates white people..He has white in his family & he's partially white..They have been visiting that house for weeks & dealing w/them (INNOCENT)girls that has been running w/one of the alledged burgulars(huh)...should I say drugs & don't the girls live within the school district?? ..No one knows the whole story but one of the girls told us the story..Lear & Bellinger's problem is drugs..poor things..I hope they get the help they need..I hate when good kids get involved with drugs..it does change a person..They are not bad boys,,they never killed anyone or rob banks or people.. they are just under the influence of a BAD drug on the streets..that 9 out of 10 ..they get from the white man..they sure didn't make it!!! I just pray to God that those bad drugs don't find any of your innocent family members or my kids,grands or anyone's family members get hooked on these drugs that Jesse or Al didn't supply!! God is the only judge..watch what u say Karma is a blimp!!
justme March 17, 2012 at 05:45 PM
He doesn't need Al Sharpton ...He needs help kicking bad street drugs!
justme March 17, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Racists are everywhere & will always be every where...especially on here!! I'm blacked & was rasied with all white people & not prejudice..Wow..that's a new statement..Why can't minorities be racist?? Sometimes they're more racists than anyone.. I had to call all 4 of my college grads to see if they were taught that in college..they never taught that inTemple,Rosemont,Penn or Bloomsburg...don't know what college your daughter went to !
justme March 18, 2012 at 02:30 AM
If ANYONE does a crime they should pay the time..I don't know about charges & Thank God myself or many of my family members hasn't been in trouble..Justice will prevail..I don't know who did what or who's lying but the Truth will come out & if they get out..well that says it all !
Anon March 18, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Just wanted to say that Bellinger is not racist. He may not be innocent but he is not racist. People act crazy when they are under the influence. That doesn't excuse everything but you can't really judge a person completely with no knowledge of who they are when they are sober. Many people with loved ones with addiction problems will say to them that your a different person when your under the influence. Complete condemnation of anyone with out all facts is simply ignorance. This article tells one side of the story. There are actually multiple sides and the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Just Sayin' March 18, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I know both men involved in this situation and I am 100% sure that neither one is racist and I do not believe that either one should be charged with a hate crime. I am disappointed that these men allowed themselves to get caught up in this situation. They are both good people who need to go through a rehab program and not through the jail system which will do nothing to help them with their drug addiction. I am confused as to how either party can be charged with burglary or criminal trespassing when they were invited into the residence by the actual person who resides there. It is my understanding that the girls involved were visitors themselves. I also am a firm believer that there are always three sides to every story and unfortunately in this article we are only getting the story of the white women that were involved and the story of the officers on the scene. History shows that whenever there is an altercation that involves white women and black men the court will 9 times out of 10 find the black men guilty regardless of what actually happened. It's sad to say but its true!
Ike March 18, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Your joking ,yes? Go check the court records of them .I know just from reading the newpapers that one of them in trouble forever , by that i mean since he was 18 , cause any earli er they dont put your name out. See now this is what i was talking about ,,W. women???? are you foreal?? Please take that post off , but it is too funny.
justme March 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Some what true !
Just Sayin' March 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Ike-Sorry to disappoint you but I do not have a record and I do not run the streets. I'm just stating my opinion from what I have seen throughout my life. No we are not in the deep south and yes it is the 2000s but unfortunately there is still a disadvantage in the legal system for black men. My statement had nothing to do with O.J. and comparing that situation to this situation makes no sense at all. It is easy for everyone to sit back and judge these two individuals based on this article but anyone who does so is just as ignorant as you are. Ike I suggest that you go back to school and educate yourself before you write your next post. And please do everyone a favor and do not attend the same community college your daughter went to. Thanks!
justme March 19, 2012 at 06:14 AM
I just joined the Patch & looking through some old articles it looks like the same ones are on here with the same sarcastic comments & only judging certain people ..well that speaks for itself especially with the profanity..I guess we can only say..hummmm consider the source!!
Ike March 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Ok ,Ron, look at Magisterial District Courts Docket Sheets .Yall have been very busy.The one has like 5 pages of different charges,and three pages from the other country.Now you can see why some would think the worst W.WOMEN and 9 out of 10 got drugs from w.man? Where do you get this from? If you didnt write about its the W.man and it the W.women fault ,i would had not even notice whatever you wrote,but,but .......WE CANT help but laugh. ITS BUSH FAULT TOO i guess..........ok ,Ron iam done , your too funy for me.
Edvard Roperkov March 19, 2012 at 11:43 AM
I'm surprised nobody is outraged these morons hit a poor innocent dog.
P-villian March 19, 2012 at 01:52 PM
You make absolutely no sense.....people make choices!!!! Right or wrong they made the choice to go into that house and be the animals they were taught to be!!!! So STHU and keep to your family issues!!!!
concerned citizen March 21, 2012 at 02:52 PM
These men are disgusting!!!!! Darrin only messes with white women and so does larry. If u can't handle drugs maybe u shouldn't do them. They need rehab and a long time behind bars for hurting a animal.
Mybusiness March 21, 2012 at 04:02 PM
First of all what does messing with white women have to do with Larry.Darrin said the racial remarks and hit the dog..As far of rehab I TOTALLY agree!!!
Born-N-Raised August 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I personally know Darrin although it's been some time since we talked; however, I can inform anyone without any doubt that Darrin IS NOT racist in anyway. I can not speak for Larry because I don't know him, even though he's not the one who made the alleged racial comments. I do agree that they both need rehab, it sounds like alcohol and drugs are apart of this altercation gone wrong. Drugs and alcohol will definitely make someone act out of character and reading that Mr. Bellinger punched an animal is just besides me! I wish these two men the best and hopefully their given the chance to turn their lives around before someone drastic happens.


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