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New Charges Filed Against Newbie Man With History of Threatening Officials

Sunday, September 6, 2020 @ 12:09 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

Joseph Supik aCLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – A New Bethlehem man who is already serving a prison sentence for threats against local court officials and law enforcement is facing new charges after more threatening letters were recently received.

According to court documents, on Friday, September 4, the Clarion County Detectives filed criminal charges against 29-year-old Joseph David Supik, of New Bethlehem, on three separate cases:

– Retaliation Against Prosecutor or Judicial Official, Felony 2 (three counts)
– Stalking – Repeatedly Commit Acts To Cause Fear, Misdemeanor 1 (one count)

– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (three counts)
– Harassment – Communicate Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language, Misdemeanor 3 (three counts)

Details of the cases:

According to the first criminal complaint, Chief Detective William Peck of the Clarion County Detectives on August 6 was notified that the office of District Judge Duane Quinn (District Court 18-3-01) had received a letter from Joseph Supik that contained threats against Judge Quinn.

The complaint states the letter was addressed directly to Judge Quinn and had a return address from Joseph Supik at SCI Benner in Bellefonte.

According to the complaint, the letter, which was dated July 31, 2020, contained expletive-laden threats, including Supik stating, “I see u I am bound to slap the oldness out of your (expletive).” Supik also specifically referenced a bail amount set in a previous case against him.

In the letter, Supik also reportedly made a statement about “6ft” with a downward arrow, and stated, “I got more training then you do in being a (expletive) dead Judge soon.”

The complaint notes research showed a pending criminal case was filed against Supik through Judge Quinn’s office in July 2020, which indicates the threats are a direct result of action taken by Judge Quinn in his official capacity.

Based on the investigation, the following charges were filed against Supik through Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn’s office on September 4:

– Retaliation Against Prosecutor or Judicial Official, Felony 2
– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Harassment – Communicate Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language, Misdemeanor 3

According to a second criminal complaint, on August 13, Chief Detective Peck was notified that the office of District Judge Duane Quinn had received another letter from Joseph Supik that contained threats against Judge Quinn.

The complaint states the letter was postmarked August 10 and was marked as inmate mail from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. It was addressed to Judge Quinn and had a return address from Joseph Supik at SCI Benner Township in Bellefonte.

According to the complaint, in the letter Supik made a direct threat to the judge, stating, “I will drop you with my military standard M16/M203 5.56 mm rd with a 40 MM grenade, wiping out everything around leaving no evidence to be found.”

In the letter, Supik also reportedly made a statement about, “Taking your head and using it as a bowling ball.”

The complaint notes research showed a pending criminal case was filed against Supik through Judge Quinn’s office in July 2020, which indicates the threats are a direct result of action taken by Judge Quinn in his official capacity.

Based on the investigation, the following charges were filed against Supik through Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn’s office on September 4:

– Retaliation Against Prosecutor or Judicial Official, Felony 2
– Stalking – Repeatedly Commit Acts To Cause Fear, Misdemeanor 1
– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Harassment – Communicate Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language, Misdemeanor 3

According to a third criminal complaint, on August 10, the Clarion Borough Police Department received a letter addressed to Clarion Borough Chief of Police William Peck.

The complaint states the letter was postmarked August 7 and had a return address from Joseph Supik at SCI Benner Township in Bellefonte.

According to the complaint, the letter made reference to what occurred at a preliminary hearing against Supik in Clarion County Central Court on July 28 involving previous terroristic threats charges.

In the letter, Supik reportedly stated District Attorney Drew Welsh “(expletive) the wrong person.” Supik also reportedly stated he has a “torcher [sic] plan” and is going to “put him six feet under ground.” He reportedly went into details about using materials such as tape, staples, a railgun, hammer, pegs, saran wrap, bubble wrap, and a “45 S&W ballistic round,” and said he would then “bury him underground.”

The complaint notes these threats were a direct result of a preliminary hearing District Attorney Welsh presented against Supik on July 28 while acting in his official capacity.

Based on the investigation, the following charges were filed against Supik through Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn’s office on September 4:

– Retaliation Against Prosecutor or Judicial Official, Felony 2
– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Harassment – Communicate Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language, Misdemeanor 3

Preliminary hearings for the above cases have not yet been scheduled.

Supik currently remains lodged at SCI Benner Township.

Additional Cases

Supik has a history of similar expletive-laden threatening letters toward officials in Clarion County, and currently remains lodged at SCI Camp Hill, serving six to 12 months confinement on each of three counts of first-degree misdemeanor terroristic threats related to previous cases.

Supik was also sentenced to an additional one to two years of confinement on one first-degree misdemeanor count of terroristic threats on June 29 in the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

He is also awaiting a preliminary hearing, which has not yet been scheduled, on two second-degree felony counts of aggravated assault, three first-degree misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, two second-degree misdemeanor counts of simple assault, and two third-degree misdemeanor counts of harassment in Somerset County.

Another preliminary hearing for Supik, on two second-degree felony counts of aggravated assault, two third-degree felony counts of terroristic threats, two third-degree misdemeanor counts of harassment, and two summary counts of harassment in Cumberland County, was continued on July 12 and is scheduled to resume on December 14.

Supik is also scheduled for a criminal conference with Clarion County District Attorney Drew Welsh on October 7, on terroristic threats, stalking, and related charges from an incident in April 2020 where allegedly sent threatening letters to local court officials and law enforcement.

Court documents indicate Supik has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2009, with convictions ranging from harassment to theft.

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