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Clarion Cat-astrophe: Man In Jail Over Feline Dispute

Sunday, June 18, 2017 @ 12:06 AM

Posted by Jake Bauer

john-stephensCLARION TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A dispute over two cats landed a Clarion man in jail Thursday after he allegedly threatened two people with a knife and said he was going to burn down their trailer.

Clarion-based State Police Tpr. Huffman filed the following charges on June 15 against 24-year-old John Scott Stephens:

  • Aggravated Assault, Felony 2 (2 counts)
  • Terroristic Threats W/ Int To Terrorize Another, Felony 3 (2 counts)
  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (2 counts)
  • Harassment – Comm. Lewd, Threatening, Etc., Misdemeanor 3 (2 counts)

According to a criminal complaint filed by Tpr. Huffman at District Judge Duane Quinn’s office, the incident occurred when Stephens arrived at a Robinwood Drive apartment around 4:40 p.m. on June 15.

The criminal complaint states that Stephens allegedly demanded that the female victim “give him his two cats back.”

When she declined to comply with Stephens’ demands, he allegedly brandished a BB gun.

The dispute escalated when Stephens allegedly brandished a butterfly knife and threatened to use it on the victim, “if he did not get his cats back.”

The complaint states that Stephens also allegedly threatened to “burn down” the victim’s trailer and then use the knife on the female victim and a male victim.

The defendant is also accused of sending threatening text messages to the female victim prior to the incident.

Stephens was arraigned before Judge Quinn on June 15.

A preliminary hearing is slated for June 27 at 10:15 a.m. with Judge Quinn presiding.

Stephens remains lodged in the Clarion County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.


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