CORNING - A habitual offender, who has been released on his own recognizance from Steuben County Court three times in the past 42 days, was arrested Friday morning for allegedly breaking into a Sly Avenue Extension home and hitting a man, who was asleep, multiple times in the head and neck area with a small sledgehammer.
Kyle J. Horton, 20, of 189 Chemung St. Corning, was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to Corning City Police Chief Jeff Spaulding.
At about 9:46 a.m., city patrolmen were dispatched to Sly Avenue Extension for a report that a man had been assaulted with a sledgehammer, according to Corning City Police Sgt. Jon McDivitt.
Horton allegedly unlawfully entered the residence while armed with a two-pound sledgehammer, snuck up on a 41-year-old male sleeping and started repeatedly striking the man in the head and face with the sledgehammer.
The victim woke up during the attack and allegedly Horton continued to strike the victim with the sledgehammer until the victim was able to stop the assault, Spaulding said. Horton then fled the scene on foot.
Spaulding said the victim was able to solicit help from a nearby citizen who called 911.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Horton had fled to a nearby residence, changed his physical appearance and phoned another person for a ride, Spaulding said. An alert city patrolman, with prior dealings with Horton, observed him in a car traveling on Baker Street and took Horton into custody.
Horton was cooperative during his processing and would only tell patrolmen that he went to the victim’s residence because he wanted to “settle a beef” with him, Spaulding said. The victim was taken to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.
Spaulding said the full extent of his injuries at his time are unknown.
Horton was taken to the Steuben County Jail to await an arraignment in Steuben County’s Centralized Arraignment Part Court on the serious felony charges.
“First-degree assault is the most serious assault. First-degree burglary is the most serious burglary,” Sapulding said. “Now we will see what they do with him.”
Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said the district attorney’s office will request $100,000 cash bail at the arraignment.
Spaulding said the Corning Police Department is currently working with the District Attorney’s Office and any upgrade of charges will be determined by Baker.
Recent arrest Horton was released on his own recognizance include:
In late-May, Horton was charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class D felony, for allegedly stealing a 2018 Nissan Altima from a Southside residence.
In mid-May, Horton was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree robbery, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny for allegedly shoplifting from a local supermarket.
In late April, Horton was charged with second-degree assault in the Village of Painted Post after he allegedly stabbed a man with a hypodermic needle.