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Frederick Hoppock III breaks into home, roughs up estranged wife, police say

Published On: Oct 21 2013 01:39:23 PM CDT
WILLIAMS TWP., Pa. -

A man broke into his estranged wife's home and roughed her up after after she returned from a date, officials said.

Frederick E. Hoppock III shoved his estranged wife in her bedroom and ordered her date to leave after Hoppock broke into his wife's home in the 100 block of Helen Court, Williams Twp., Northampton Co., at 1:50 a.m. Saturday, officials said.

The woman lives at the Helen Court address with her and Hoppock's 5-year-old daughter, officials noted. Court papers did not indicate if the young girl was home at the time of the incident.

Hoppock broke a downstairs window to get in to the home and then went upstairs to confront his estranged wife, who was changing into her pajamas in the master bedroom while her date was using the bathroom on the same floor, officials said.

Hoppock and the other man went downstairs after Hoppock shoved his estranged wife, and Hoppock then left the home on foot, walking toward a wooded area, officials noted.

Hoppock was picked up about two hours later at his home at 355 Morvale Rd., Williams Twp., Northampton Co., officials said.

Hoppock told police he was upset that his relationship with his estranged wife was at an end and that she was dating, and that he had been waiting for 20 minutes outside her home before breaking in, officials said.

Hoppock, 39, was charged with illegally entering a building used for overnight accommodations, criminal trespass, harassment and criminal mischief and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $20,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 29.