Clarion Man Allegedly Takes Man to Cemetery, Threatens to Cut Off His Head, Urinate on Him

hess-mug-shotMONROE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (EYT) – A Clarion man is facing several charges after he allegedly held a man at knife-point, took him to a cemetery with the intent to “cut off (his) head, and urinate on him.”

According to a criminal complaint, a male victim told state police he had a knife held to his throat around 11:30 a.m. on June 30.

The victim allegedly said Brian Jeremy Hess, 32, of Woodland Trailer Court, in Clarion, came to the victim’s residence and told him to get into his vehicle, the complaint indicates.

The victim reported he had no pants or shoes on and was in his underwear when Hess told him to “just to get into the car,” the complaint states.

Hess allegedly elbowed the victim in the face, threatened him, and held a knife to his throat, but dropped the knife when he saw they were being pulled over by police, the complaint continues.

Later the victim related he had been too afraid at the time to say anything to the trooper who interviewed him during the traffic stop, the complaint indicates.

Hess had the victim drive him to the Clarion Cemetery along Second Avenue, where he allegedly told the victim “to get down on his knees at (his) fathers’ grave and to start praying,” according to the complaint.

Hess allegedly left the victim there and went to another man’s residence and picked him up, the complaint states.

Hess allegedly told the other man during the car ride that “he was going to cut off (the victim’s) head and urinate on him” and then showed the other man the knife, the complaint indicates.

The two men then went to the cemetery and picked up the victim, and the three of them went to the other man’s residence, where Hess allowed both other men to leave the vehicle, the complaint continues.

Police later obtained permission to search Hess’ vehicle, allegedly finding a large knife, a glass smoking pipe, and a small amount of marijuana, according to the complaint.

According to online court records, at 11:45 p.m. on July 1, Hess was arraigned before District Judge Timothy Schill.

He faces the following charges:

– Criminal attempt – aggravated assault, first-degree felony
– Possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, misdemeanor
– Use or possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor
– Recklessly endangering another person, second-degree misdemeanor
– Criminal attempt – simple assault, second-degree misdemeanor
– Harassment by subjecting another to physical contact, summary

Online court documents indicate he was placed in the Clarion County Jail on $10,000.00 cash bail.

He was released from custody on July 2 after successfully posting bail.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 28 with Judge Schill presiding.

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