WARREN - A Niles man accused of breaking into Brier Street home last month wielding an ax because of a lover's quarrel pleaded not guilty to charges Thursday.
Aaron Skeins, 25, of 639 Indiana Ave, turned himself in on first-degree felony aggravated robbery charges Wednesday.
Skeins pleaded not guilty Thursday to the charge in Warren Municipal Court on Thursday and is being held on $50,000 bond.
He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing next Thursday.
If convicted, he faces five to 10-years in prison.
Reports said Hubert H. Flowers Jr., 24, of 2766 Brier St. S.E., was sleeping in his home, along with friend Misti R. Campbell, 24, and her 9-month-old son, Skeins chopped through a side door and burst into the home wielding an ax.
Reports said he destroyed several walls, a television, coffee table, stove and windows with the ax, causing an estimated $1,100 damage.
Skeins then fled from the home.
Reports said Skeins used the type of ax normally used for splitting logs.
Flowers told police he knew Skeins because they work together.
Campbell said she had ended their relationship several hours prior to the incident because she caught him cheating on her.