Darren Wesley Earles, 31, Sidney, faces charges of burglary, a felony, and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, for an incident that occurred in Sidney May 9.
According to court records, Earles and Jesse Kent had an argument the morning of May 9. Earles was also sending rude text messages to Kent’s girlfriend, Laurel Quallman. The argument escalated into a physical fight.
Kent, who is employed by the Park Plaza, and Quallman stated their private residence as room 229 of the motel. Later that day when they returned to the room, they found furniture flipped over and the screen of their television broken.
A surveillance video shows Earles entering the room with a baseball bat in his hand and later leaving the room with still a bat in hand.
Earles told police he left the motel to go home for a while. When he returned he was in “military style approach.” He said he entered room 229.
If found guilty of burglary, penalties are to be imprisoned in the state prison for a term not to exceed 20 years, a fine not to exceed $50,000 or both.
Penalties for criminal mischief are imprisonment not to exceed six months in the county jail, a $1,500 fine or both, as well as paying restitution.