Cortland man charged with burglary, criminal mischief

A city man was arrested Wednesday after he illegally entered the apartment of a woman he was romantically interested in, hit her head on the floor and kept her from calling police, according to the Cortland Police Department.

Tyshawn Pittman, 33, of 84 Clinton Ave., entered the 41-year-old woman’s Northcliffe apartment Wednesday afternoon, pushed her, pulled her hair and hit her head against the floor two or three times, said Lt. David Guerrera. Pittman prevented her from using her cell phone to call police, then stopped hitting her head, sat in a chair and tried to talk to the woman before he walked out the door, Guerrera said.

Once Pittman was gone, the woman retrieved her phone and called 911, he said. The woman did not report any injuries.

Responding officers noticed Pittman walking on Pendleton street and recognized him as fitting the woman’s description of the man who entered her apartment, Guerrera said. Officers followed Pittman and arrested him at 2:35 p.m. on Huntington Street, he said. Pittman was charged with felony second-degree burglary, misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal mischief, a violation.

After his arrest, police discovered Pittman was on parole for a September 2017 conviction of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, Guerrera said.

Pittman was remanded to jail without bail. His next court date was not available this morning.