Father, Son Charged with Intimidation of a Witness

INDIANA CO., Pa. – Two Indiana County men are facing witness intimidation charges following an investigation into calls to the Indiana County Jail.

On Wednesday, Douglas S. Dalessio, 51, and his son, Dylan C. Dalessio, 19, both of Plumville, were charged by the Pennsylvania State Police Troop A and Troop C Fire Marshal Units with one count of Intimidation of Witnesses or Victims, graded as a Felony 1, and one count of Criminal Use of a Communication Facility, graded as a Felony 3, following investigation into recorded phone conversations that occurred at Indiana County Jail in October 2019.

These charges were filed before Magisterial District Judge Christopher S. Welch, who issued warrants for their arrest.

On Wednesday, both defendants were taken into custody without incident and were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Susanne V. Steffee. Douglas S. Dalessio was remanded to Indiana County Jail in lieu of $100,000.00 monetary bail. Dylan C. Dalessio was remanded to Indiana County Jail in lieu of $200,000.00 monetary bail.

This investigation was conducted with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Indiana County District Attorney’s Office as part of the ongoing joint Pennsylvania State Police-A TF investigation into a series suspicious fires that occurred in the northern Indiana County area from August 2018 through September 2019.

Additionally, investigators are now also seeking information on suspicious fires reported to have occurred in northern Indiana County since 2015. The investigation into these suspicious fires is ongoing, and additional information will be released as appropriate.

Anyone with information should call the ATF 24/7 hotline at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-4-PA-TIPS, email [email protected], or submit tips via online www.pacrimestoppers.org. Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, or by visiting www.reportit.com, using the Philadelphia Field Division as the location.

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