WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (EYT) – A 28-year-old man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly threatened to burn a Washington Township woman’s house down and kill her and her dogs.
According to court documents, Marienville-based state police filed criminal charges against Steven Wade Brown of Luthersburg, Clearfield County, in Magisterial District Judge Timothy P. Schill’s office on April 29.
The charges stem from an incident(s) that occurred at a residence located on state Route 36, in Tionesta, Washington Township, Clarion County.
According to a criminal complaint, on April 13, PSP Marienville received a call from a known Washington Township woman who stated that Steven Brown had been harassing her for months by phone, using vulgar language, calling her 10 to 15 times a day and blocking his number.
The victim said that Brown has been threatening to burn her house down, beat the (expletive) out of her, kill her and kill her dogs.
She stated that the harassing calls from Brown have been an ongoing situation since February when he was released from the Quehanna Boot Camp, according to the complaint.
She also told police there have been previous harassment and terroristic threat allegations against Brown handled by PSP DuBois.
On April 13 at 3 p.m., while troopers were talking to the victim, she received two phone calls with no caller ID within a minute’s timeframe. She answered the phone on speaker both times. During the call, all that was heard was breathing but no words.
The victim said multiple times: “What do you want Steve? Stop calling me!”
Brown was contacted via phone and interviewed at 6:52 p.m. on April 13.
During the call, he allegedly admitted to calling the victim but related he never made any threats during any phone calls, according to the complaint.
He stated that “he was calling the victim to ask her to tell her daughter to leave him alone,” the complaint states.
A trooper informed Brown that he would be filing charges for terroristic threats and harassment based on the information he received.
Brown stated that “he would plead guilty to harassment all day but not terroristic threats.
“He related harassment is just a summary but terroristic threats are nothing to joke about. He related those were the same charges that were brought against him with the last situation handled by Trooper Connor PSP DuBois,” the complaint indicates.
Brown allegedly said that Trooper Connor told him to not contact the victim or anyone in that family after the last incident, according to the complaint.
After the call with Brown ended, Brown called the trooper back twice to relate that he would plead guilty to harassment and stated: “Why would I threaten to burn their house down?”
Brown was arraigned at 9 a.m. on April 30 on the following charges:
– Terroristic Threats W/Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Harassment – Communicate Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language, Misdemeanor 3
Brown’s bail was set at $10,000 monetary (10 percent). He is free on a $1,000 cash security posted by a private surety.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on May 7 with Judge Schill presiding.
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