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Shippenville Man Accused of Threatening Three Women Sentenced to Probation
On Wednesday, February 6, President Judge James Arner sentenced 57-year-old Philip R. Rapp, of Shippenville, to one year of probation on one count of Terroristic Threats With Intent to Terrorize Another, a first-degree misdemeanor charge.
Rapp pleaded Nolo Contendere to the above charge on January 9, 2019.
A Nolo Contendere plea is a no contest plea in which the defendant neither disputes nor admits to doing the crime.
As a result of his plea negotiation, the following charges were dismissed:
- Terroristic Threats W/Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
- Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (three counts)
- Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary (three counts)
The case against Rapp stemmed from an incident that occurred in July of 2018 at a residence in Shippenville.
Details of the case:
According to a criminal complaint, on Thursday, July 19, 2018, Trooper Rowe, of PSP Clarion, was dispatched to a residence on State Route 322 in Shippenville for a report of an assault.
Trooper Rowe met the three known female victims at a local market.
The first victim related that she and Phillip Rapp got into a verbal altercation while Rapp was intoxicated. She noted that the other two victims were present during the altercation, the complaint states.
The second victim related that Rapp attempted to push her and the other two victims around in the residence.
The third victim stated that Rapp threatened that he was going to “(expletive) kill everyone in the house,” according to the complaint.
The first victim said she was able to get in her vehicle with the other two victims and leave the scene to meet the police at the market.
Trooper Rowe then attempted to make contact with Rapp at the residence but was unable to do so. He and Corporal Hageter searched the area with no results, according to the complaint.
Rapp was arraigned at 10:48 a.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018, in Judge Turk’s office.
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