Punxsutawney Man Arrested after Resisting Arrest for PFA Violation

BELL TOWNSHIP, Pa. (EYT) – Punxsutawney-based State Police say a Punxsutawney man allegedly committed a PFA Violation and was arrested on multiple charges on Route 36, in Bell Township.

On February 20, 2015, troopers were dispatched to 15839 Route 36 for the report of a PFA (Protection from Abuse) Violation, according to police.

Police say that upon arrival to the location and speaking with the involved parties, it was determined that a 28 year-old Punxsutawney woman petitioned the Jefferson County Court for a PFA and obtained an Emergency Order.

It was found that approximately 20 minutes prior to police arrival, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department was at 15839 Route 36 attempting to serve 29 year-old John Raymond Jefferson with said PFA.

Jefferson was home but refused to answer the door so the PFA was not served at the time.

The State Police then made contact with Jefferson and advised him of the PFA and that he was ordered to leave the residence and turn over all keys to State Police or the Sheriff’s Department.

According to police, Jefferson became angry and related that he was not “accepting the PFA”.

The police explained to Jefferson that if he did not comply, he would be arrested.

Police say that a substantial amount of time was given for Jefferson to leave the residence. Jefferson allegedly refused and related that he would have to be removed from the property because he did not agree with the PFA and that he paid the bills at the residence.

Jefferson again was told to leave the residence or he would be arrested for Indirect Criminal Contempt. He again refused according to police.

Jefferson was then advised that he was under arrest. At this point, Jefferson allegedly became physical with the State Police officers on scene.

After a brief struggle, Jefferson was taken into custody and charged with Indirect Criminal Contempt, Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting Arrest.

After being medically cleared at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, Jefferson was taken to the Jefferson County Jail on the charges.

Jefferson was arraigned before District Judge David B. Inzana on February 21,2015.

He was remanded to the Jefferson County Jail on $25,000 bail for the Indirect Criminal Contempt complaint and another $25,000 for the criminal charges of Disorderly Conduct (Misdemeanor level) and Resisting Arrest.


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