Hearing Scheduled for Punxsutawney Man Facing Charges for Punching Woman, Pulling Knife on Man During Dispute

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – A Punxsutawney man is facing a hearing next week on criminal charges from two separate incidents that occurred earlier this year in which he allegedly punched a woman in the head and pulled a knife on a man during a dispute.

Court documents indicate 20-year-old Justin V. Windows is scheduled to stand for hearings in front of Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21.

He faces the following charges:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

He also faces the following charges in a separate, related case:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

The charges stem from incidents in October and November 2019.

According to a criminal complaint, around 10:39 a.m. on October 18, a known victim went to the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department to report that Justin Windows had assaulted her.

According to the complaint, the victim stated Windows had begun to become very controlling of her daily activities and family contact, and then he began to “get physical” with her. She reported he would punch her in the head, spit in her face, and choke her.

The complaint notes the victim filed a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order against Windows.

Windows was interviewed about the allegations on November 21.

According to the complaint, he denied the allegations.

The initial charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on November 25.

According to a second complaint, around 11:43 a.m. on November 21, Chief Matt Conrad and Detective Andrekovich, of the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department, were dispatched to a residence on West Mahoning Street for a report of a domestic dispute involving an individual with a knife.

Upon their arrival, the officers made contact with a witness who stated that Justin Windows and another man were in an argument and said “it was ridiculous and everything escalated.”

Chief Conrad asked about the knife, and the witness reported Windows had thrown it, and he wasn’t sure where it was.

Windows was then placed into custody, after it was determined he had allegedly pulled the knife during the altercation. He was then transported for a mental health evaluation.

According to the complaint, Windows voluntarily provided a written statement which said he had engaged in an argument with a friend, and then his mother had slapped him. He stated after he was slapped, he pulled his knife and threatened to kill his mother.

The second set of charges were also filed through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on November 25.

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