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Posted April 15, 2014 | comments Leave a comment

Man held without bail in armed burglary case

By Joe Beck

WOODSTOCK -- An Edinburg man was ordered held without bail Tuesday as he faces a felony charge of armed burglary and several misdemeanor counts stemming from what authorities say was his ex-girlfriend's fear that he would harm her.

Court records say Jonathan David Funkhouser, 32, of Wakeman's Grove Road, walked into one house where he believed his ex-girlfriend would be coming soon to care for an elderly resident.

A criminal complaint signed by Shenandoah County sheriff's deputy Tom Frazier describes the woman as "very scared" of Funkhouser "due to past abuse."

"She stated that she was scared for her life because of his past actions," Frazier wrote.

The complaint also states that Frazier found an 8-½ inch knife on Funkhouser at the time of the defendant's arrest.

Funkhouser testified at Tuesday's bail hearing that he had been released from jail only a few days before he was arrested.

General District Judge Amy Tisinger said she did not see a history of violence in Funkhouser's previous record, but she said the filing of new charges so soon after his release from jail on an earlier trespassing-related offense was too important for her to ignore.

"I do have to look at that," Tisinger told Funkhouser. "You've been in the court system on similarly situated charges."

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com


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