Maryland man charged in ‘DC car theft, hotel room invasion in Donegal Township

A Maryland man is accused of invading a woman’s hotel room Wednesday in Donegal Township while in possession of a car stolen from Washington, DC

John Barilovits, 42, of Rockville, also is charged with resisting arrest and attempting to draw a stun gun on a state police officer.

According to a criminal complaint filed before Ligonier District Judge Denise Snyder Thiel, state police responded to the intersection of Route 31 and Hellen School Road on Wednesday. A Washington, DC man reported his Tesla had been stolen during a home invasion in the nation’s capital and he’d tracked it to the Donegal Township location using an iPhone tool.

After state police Cpl. Jonathan Lindsay found the car in a grassy lot near the intersection, a woman ran out of the Log Cabin Lodge and Suites “requesting the state police frantically,” the complaint states.

According to the complaint, the woman told Lindsay she and her party were unpacking in their room when a man, later identified as Barilovits, alarmed them by coming out of the bathroom and acting erratically. Barilovits is charged with using obscene language and making an obscene gesture in the room.

The woman and her party were able to leave the room, and she described the man and his direction of travel to the officer, police said.

When Lindsay caught up with and detained Barilovits, the suspect “began to grab an item from his pocket” — a black stun gun, according to police. Barilovits also threw a soft drink cup at Lindsay and engaged in a struggle with the officer before being taken to the ground and taken into custody, police said.

According to police, Barilovits told them he found a hotel key on the road and used it to let himself into the woman’s room because he needed to use the bathroom.

Barilovits said he kept saying, “I’m sorry,” and he said he parked the Tesla because it’s charge was running out, according to the complaint.

Images the car’s owner provided of the burglary show a man matching Barilovits’ description and wearing the same clothing the suspect had on when he was apprehended, police said.

Barilovits was arraigned Thursday before Thiel and was placed in the Westmoreland County jail. He is charged with criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of an instrument of crime and attempted use of an incapacitation device.

Thiel denied bail, indicating there was no condition other than being detained to reasonably assure his appearance at a preliminary hearing, set for Aug. 5.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Barilovits.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff by email at or via Twitter .

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