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Clarion Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Bicyclists Due in Court Tomorrow
Court documents indicate 29-year-old Corey Matthews, of Clarion, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, on the following charges:
- Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
- Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct, Summary
- Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary (two counts)
Details of the case:
According to a criminal complaint, on Saturday, September 22, Clarion Borough Police Officers Scheckler and Foust were dispatched to the park to speak to some people on bicycles about being threatened.
The officers arrived at the park, and two known white males on bicycles flagged them over.
The victims reported that they were riding the bicycles on the sidewalk in front of a known local business when the business owner asked them not to ride there due to the customers coming and going from the business. They said that a man who was standing next to the business owner during the interaction said, “I’ll kill you two.” The victims then rode away and called 9-1-1.
The victims described the man as a white male with an awkward, unsteady walk wearing gray shorts, a gray tank top, and a band around his head. They reported that he was down around the business or another nearby local business.
The individual was found near the area where the confrontation occurred.
The complaint notes that when the officers arrived, the man, later identified as Corey Matthews, was staggering in front of the business and was screaming something at two men who were walking in front of the business.
According to the complaint, Matthews went inside the business, and the officers followed. The officers each took one of his arms to escort him out, but Matthews fell to the ground in the lobby area of the business. Matthews then began yelling and cursing at the officers while threatening to sue them. The complaint notes that the officers attempted to help Matthews stand up but were unsuccessful.
Officer Foust then called for an ambulance to assist at the scene.
According to the complaint, Matthews had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and allegedly admitted to drinking three “buckets” of beer. As Matthews continued to argue with the officers, he asked another patron to help him up, which was successful. Matthews then stood in front of the business until EMS arrived.
Officer Foust asked Matthews about threatening the males on the bicycles, and Matthews allegedly said “there were no kids on bicycles” and he “didn’t threaten anyone.”
Officer Foust then spoke to the business owner who reported that he told the kids not to ride their bikes on the sidewalk in front of his business because of the patrons coming and going.
According to the complaint, when Officer Foust asked the business owner if Matthews said something to the kids on the bikes about killing them, the business owner said, “Yeah, something like that.”
The complaint notes that Matthews continued to deny seeing or threatening anyone on bikes.
EMS then arrived at the scene, and Matthews was transported for treatment.
Officer Foust filed charges in Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn’s office on October 10.
Matthews was arraigned on Thursday, November 1, with Judge Quinn presiding.
He was released on his own recognizance.
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