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Man Behind Bars In Somerset County Home Invasion

State police in Somerset County say a man is behind bars after he reportedly broke into a home earlier this week and told the homeowners that he was God.

According to the affidavit, troopers were dispatched early Monday morning for a reported burglary at a residence in Black Township.

Police say the caller reported that is she was passing by the home and noticed that all of the lights were on inside.

Investigators say the caller, who is the owner of the residence, then found an unidentified male inside the home.

Police say the homeowner then reportedly told the man to leave, at which time he allegedly responded by saying that “it was his house” and asked the woman if “she believed in prayer.”

“They will soon be deciding if she went to heaven or hell,” police say the man then told the homeowner.

Troopers say one of the homeowners relatives then arrived at the residence, at which time the man reportedly began stating that “he was God and he owned everything.”

Police say the man repeatedly ignored the homeowners requests to leave the residence.

Authorities say that when troopers arrived on scene, the man was reportedly observed standing next to one of the windows, with his face pressed against the glass and “smiling” at them.

Investigators say the man was then taken into custody and was later identified as 56-year-old Kenneth Baney.

According to online court records, Baney was arraigned on charges of felony burglary and criminal trespass.

He is being held at the Somerset County Jail on $75,000 bail.


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